Category: Children’s Books
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    Dec 2014

    Amélie Fléchais

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    Presenting the very sumptuous work of Amélie Fléchais. A French children’s book illustrator and visual development artist. Graduated in 2011, Ms Fléchais earned a diploma in 2D animation from ESAAT (Ecole Supérieure Arts Appliqués et Textile). That same year she interned at Cartoon Saloon, an Irish animation studio responsible for the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. There she produced concept art for the feature film Song of the Sea. A couple years later, Ms Fléchais was asked back to do further visual development and background art for Song of the Sea. More recently Ms Fléchais has shared her talents with Dreamworks and Hornet animation studios.

    Additionally, since graduating, Amélie Fléchais has worked on three books, Chemin Perdu (Lost path), Le Petit Loup Rouge (Little Red Wolf) and soon to be released L’homme Montagne (Mountain Man). Both Chemin Perdu and Le Petit Loup Rouge are a feast for the eyes. Each page is carefully created. The illustrations are intricate, textured and rich in colour. Ms Fléchais has an incredible talent for the whimsical and joyous, and her talents really shine through in these books.

    You can find more of Amélie Fléchais’ beautiful work on her tumblr, blog, and Facebook.

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    Dec 2014

    Daniela Volpari

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    Based in Rome, Italy, Daniela Volpari is a freelance art director and children’s book illustrator. She graduated in 2009 from the Scuola Internazionale di Comics (International School of Comics), which is quite possibly the best school I have ever heard of. Ms Volpari landed her first published work the very same year creating editorial illustrations for Un duetreStella and Grazia. Also in the same busy year publishers Paramica released a children’s book based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, retold by Fbrizio Silei and beautifully illustrated by Ms Volpari. Since then Ms Volpari has work consistently. She has received multiple awards and regularly exhibits her work at Gallery Nucleus, most recently taking part in the Imaginary Friends event.

    Ms Volpari’s gouache paintings are warm and playful. They are harmonious in tone but often dynamic in composition. I particularly love her illustrations for Oliver Twist. They have a very “Illustrator’s Lounge” feel to me, that may just be because of all the top hats. You can find Daniela Volpari on twitter, facebook, and etsy, and find more of her work on her website and blog.

  3. 13

    Nov 2014

    Andrew Davidson

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    English illustrator and designer Andrew Davidson graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Known for his traditional wood engraving and wood cuts, Mr Davidson also paints more graphic artwork using gauche and wood blocks. All of his traditional work is printed using a 1859 Albion hand press.

    I noticed his work at the AOI Illustration Awards 2014. On display were his hand engraved Harry Potter illustrations. They were fantastic, the details and textures had me staring with my nose practically pressed against the glass. I was excited to see the application of the illustrations but after I found them online, I was sorely disappointed. Resisting the urge to berate someone’s work, I will let you take a look for yourself and make your own opinions.

    Mr Davidson’s skill of traditional printing methods has kept him in high demand. His client list include HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Rolex, HRH Prince of Wales Duchy Originals. He has also created postage stamps for Royal Mail, and designs for the glass doors at Wimbledon’s Centre Court.

    See more of Andrew Davidson’s work on his website.

  4. 10

    Nov 2014

    Manga Mondays ~ Tatsuro Kiuchi

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    Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan. He is a member of Tokyo Illustrators Society , owner of studio Pen Still Writes, as well as teaching at the Aoyama School.

    He graduated in Biology before switching to Art, which he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After sticking with the arts, Mr Kiuchi began his career by illustrating for children’s books. His very first book The Lotus Seed, written by Sherry Garland, sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. He later branched out into editorial and advertising work. Some of his international clients include The New Yorker, The Folio Society, Simon & Schuster, The Guardian, and Random House.

    The festive season and snow seem to be a reoccurring them in Mr Kiuchi’s portfolio, so it’s not surprising that he has been commissioned twice for Christmas projects. Once by Royal Mail, for their 2006 Christmas Stamp Collection and again in 2007 for Starbucks’ worldwide Pass the Cheer holiday campaign.

    You can see how Mr Kiuchi creates his detailed and textured illustrations in a couple really nice Making of videos over on his vimeo page. To dive deeper into Tatsuro Kiuchi’s work check out his website and tumblr.

  5. 5

    Nov 2014

    Alex Wilson

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    Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom, Alexander Wilson currently residing somewhere between “Teeside” and LA, and caters for clients both sides of the pond. He is a freelance illustrator and visual development artist, member of the SCBWI, and represented by Advocate Art.

    Mr Wilson started drawing relatively late. He was 17 and studying for his A-Levels, but after watching Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, he was suddenly inspired to pursue the craft.

    I bought my first proper sketchbook and proceeded to fill it with very poor drawings. As it turns out, drawing was rather difficult and I was probably going to need some form of structured education in the subject.
    Alex Wilson, Words & Pictures, 2014

    He switched subjects from Physics to Art, and it was through sheer determination and hard work that he would catch up on all the years he missed. Slowly improving and ultimately scraping a passing grade. After completing his A-Level and going on to further education, Mr Wilson kept the same level of commitment and began to further expose himself to the world of illustration and illustrators. Joining the SCBWI in 2013, he attended their British Isles conference and was awarded the Illustration award for Best of Portfolio. Shortly after which, he was picked up by the Advocate Agency.

    Alex Wilson’s journey is truly inspiring. He has since continued to hone his craft, constantly experimenting with new mediums and techniques. He has worked with Viz Media, Disney Press, and Storytime Magazine. You can see lots of his preliminary work and sketches on his tumblr and the finished product on Behance.

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