Great that you found me. I am Carmen, a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer based in Munich, Germany. Drawing is my passion. I love creating designs for children: picture books, baby apparel, sticker, wall art, gameboard and box cover, apps and many more. Since 2009 I am doing this under my label katelein.

I would love to draw for you.

Do you like my cheerful animals?  Do you think my colorful illustrations are a perfect fit for your products? Together with my designs we can guide your projects to success. Let’s make people smile.
You can licence my art or commission me to design new artwork. Feel free to contact me via eMail or the contact form.

My Clients

Carlsen Verlag • Jako-o • Lieken • La Roche Posay • Batten&Company • Die Kinderbuchmacher • AVS • ISAS München • Happy Quiz Games

My Service

Illustration • Textile Design • Surface Design • Pattern • Character Design • Editorial Design • Infographics

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Some random facts

  • • Mum to two wonderful boys, my everyday inspiration and motivation
  • • crazy about cats and other fury animals
  • • I have a university degree in Media Informatics and worked as a software developer for several years.
  • • I am member of the German Illustratoren Organisation e.V.
  • • I grew up in a little village in the middle of the Alps in South Tyrol and hope that I will return there some day – yes, like “Heidi” * sigh *


My story

or how a software developer turned artist …

I always liked drawing and crafting. But for a long time I didn’t realize there would be a job out there where I could live my passion – actually, I didn’t know anything about being an illustrator. So – after school I chose a reasonable path: I studied Media Informatics at the University of Munich and got a good solid job as a frontend designer. So far so good. But my drawing passion did not let me off: while designing programming code during the day, I started drawing t-shirt designs at night. This worked out better than expected and I finally realized where my path should lead. I finally realized I should do what I love best – drawing and delighting others with my drawings.