Pablo Auladell is an award-winning Spanish illustrator and cartoonist. His first publication, El camino del titiritero, came out in 2001 and earned him a Saló del Cómic de Barcelona Best Newcomer Award in 2002. He has since consistently worked on an average of four books each year. Having a particularly productive year In 2008, he released 9 titles. Totaling 60 books in just 14 years.
Auladell’s books have been published by many of Spain’s top publishers including Anaya, Actes Sud and Libros del Zorro Rojo. He is also a regular collaborator with writer Pablo Albo. The pair have worked on Mar de sábanas (2003), which he won a Ciudad de Alicante Award for Best International Illustrated Children’s Book, El espantapájaros (2005), Inés azul (2009), Diógenes (2010) and Alas y olas (2011).
As well as many original works, Auladell has illustrated classic texts by Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm. Recently, El Paraíso perdido (Paradise Lost) and Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer).
In 2005, the Spanish Ministry of Culture awarded Auladell the Second Best Illustrated Book for Children, and he was chosen to represented Spain at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In 2006, Auladell won his second Saló del Cómic de Barcelona award, this time for Best Author. However, La Torre Blanca (2005) was also nominated for Best Comic and Best Artist.
Switching regularly between comics and illustration, Auladell often blends the two visual languages. His illustrates using pencil, charcoal and pastel. He makes strong use of graphic compositions. Positioning figures falling off the frame and shortening the distance between elements. You can even watch him bring an image to life on YouTube. You can also read a great interview about the creation of La feria abandonada (The abandoned carnival) over at Picturebook Makers.