About T.R.A.

Hello! I’m Todd R. Ackerman currently a freelance illustrator. I chose the website artbytra.com because T.R.A. are my initials, and my initials backwards is ART! Took me half of my life to realize that! It also has taken me half of my life, and then some, to sharpen my Art skills.

When I create illustrations for stories I’ve discovered I enjoy the scene set-ups, the character design, and all the little fun details that can go into making a story special. As someone who grew up using a real phone, having a paper route, and rewinding a VCR tape…I can appreciate the craftsmanship dedicated hard work, and most of all, the patience that comes with the picture/visual book industry.

I currently reside in Queens, NY where you’ll find me sketching on my commutes, meeting up with other kid lit artists, and drawing and discussing all things relating to sequential storytelling. You also may find me at the Society of Illustrators sketch nights. When I’m not crafting my drawing skills, I enjoy entertaining friends with a nice cheese and charcuterie board, I enjoy watching sports, and spending time with my beautiful wife. I am originally from (one of the most creative cities I know) Toledo, Ohio. Home to the Mud Hens, Walleye hockey, and of course Marcos Pizza. Besides the great food and sports, Toledo artistically, is one of the most happening places!

​ I am constantly crafting my visual storytelling skills, for a life as a professional children’s book/picture book/educational/app illustrator-Not necessarily in that order! I just would love the opportunity to showcase my skills for the right project. 🙂

Check back often for new illos! I am currently seeking representation. You can find me on Instagram as @art.by.tra.

Also! I have been selected to be featured as one of SCBWI NY METRO’s illustrators for the month of October! Be sure to check that out and view my gallery too!

Thank you so much for visiting.

A rare photo of two Todds…

The Tale of Two Todds
A complete stranger, with my taste in hair and clothes!

Feel free to email me directly at todda99@outlook.com.