Our Story

Ten Paces is a collaborative project bringing together a community of illustrators and designers. Each week Ten Paces offers a unique challenge allowing sketches to be made and swapped between artists. The results of these swaps are always exciting and a great learning experience for all who participate.

Ten Paces and Draw began in April of 2011 when Rachel and Alyssa moved to Philadelphia. There was a lull in paying jobs and the pair wanted an excuse to do some fun work, and collaborate with friends. From this desire to be proactive illustrators Ten Paces was born. We’ve since snowballed into an awesome community of artists, growing from 5 contributors to over 120 in a little under a year. We’re excited to share our project with like minded artists, and we’re constantly experimenting, growing, and scheming how to take over the art world.

You can check out our ever-growing list of contributors here, and find out how you can contribute here. We love to talk, and brainstorm new ideas for projects and collaborations, so we’d love to hear from you! Also, fun fact – Ten Paces and Draw was almost named “Illustration Bobsled”. It’s important to us that everyone pay homage to the amazing name that never was.

Meet the Team

Alyssa Nassner is an illustrator originally from Baltimore, MD now living ¬†and working in Minneapolis, MN. By day she is a textile designer at Target, and by night she is a blog-running, show-curating, freelancin’ power house. Her clients include Chronicle Books, American Greetings, Galison, Abrams Books, American Girl, and Real Simple Magazine (among others). Alyssa is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Rachel Dougherty is an illustrator originally from the suburbs of Philly now living and working in the big city. Not only is Rachel an accomplished children’s book illustrator, she’s the glue that holds Ten Paces together. Rachel has worked for clients such as Port Discovery, Woman to Woman Magazine, and Philadelphia Stories Magazine, Capstone books, and she brings her amazing sense of humor to every project. Rachel is also a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Natalie Andrewson is our newest team member, and probably the winner of the “Most Swaps Ever Completed” award. She’s as enthusiastic as she is talented, bringing non-stop awesomeness to the Ten Paces community. Natalie is currently studying illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design and is originally from Charlotte, NC. Natalie will be running our ongoing ‘Character Redesign’ Project that will debut April 2012. We’re excited to have Natalie on board!

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Andrew Morgan has been helping us out for some time now, and without him we’d be in utter chaos. He is our marketing and social media specialist – helping to keep you up to date on everything fresh and new on the site. He’s also helping to amplify our impact by introducing new segments, brining in new fans, and above all, keeping us on track! Andrew Morgan is a designer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. He too is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an all-around stand up guy!


We’ve been lucky enough to be featured in some very distinguished places. Here are a few clippings of Ten Paces and Draw in the news! If you’d like to feature us, or have featured us get in touch!

ModCloth Blog
How Magazine Top Ten
Illustration Mundo
Public School
The Thrillist
Little Chimp Society