Saturday, June 06, 2009

List of Illustrators for Children's Books

Many children's book writers need illustrators for their work. In seeking an illustrator for The Sid Series, my children's holistic (mind, body, soul) e-books, I came across several qualified illustrators, but I couldn't hire all of them. I'll share my list with you and include bios, links to their sites, and a sample of their work. If you need their services, be sure to tell them you found them on Writers in the Sky's blog.
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Joanne Lister is a successful interior designer who has made the easy transition into the complementary field of illustration a couple of years ago, and has been working on art commissions ever since. She enrolled with the London Art College to do a course in children's illustration and is now a member of the Association of Illustrators. Currently, she is working on her own range of books, which she is both writing and illustrating.

While she works mainly in acrylics she can work in almost any style or medium. Joanne is very open to new ideas and enjoys challenges. She works well with both written and verbal instruction, interpreting requirements with a fresh, vibrant perspective.

Born in the UK, Joanne is married with one daughter Rebecca (the very best judge of whether work is suitable!) and three very mad dogs who keep her on her toes.

For examples of Joanne's work please visit http://www.tegandesign.co.uk and look on the bespoke art page. Anyone interested in having any illustrations may contact Joanne through her Web site or e-mail her at Jo.lister@tegandesign.co.uk. All inquiries and questions are welcome.

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Residents of southern Oregon, James Ville and his wife are both into illustrating, but James is the one who peruses it professionally. He has been interested in the art field since he was a little one. He has been commissioned for logos and illustrations here and there, but has the intention of becoming a firmly grounded professional graphic artist/illustrator. He currently holds down a part time job, but he makes time for art as a hobby. He is fully interested in offering his services to others, but with a newborn son taking his time and attention, he may not be able to rush your project to completion. Patience is a virtue; or so I've heard!

James does color, black & white, pencil, pen, digital, or whatever you want. He is completely open to feedback and is willing to alter/tweak/change any image to fit your specific vision. Being a loving father, he will not draw anything above PG-13 maturity level, so he is a perfect choice for authors needing an illustrator for a children's story.

The sample here is from the Sid Series of children's holistic e-books I've written.

See James' portfolio at http://theadventureteam.devinatart.com/

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Hayley John is a 15-year-old high school student who does great work at very reasonable prices.

She does paintings (see the beautiful one of her dog) as well as quick sketches like the one here.

Hayley likes to try different styles so if you have any preferences please let her know. Her 11-year-old brother is also a talented artist would enjoy helping you.

See Hayley's portfolio at http://hayzgirl.weebly.com/. You may contact Hayley through Writers in the Sky Web site.
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Roy Cokenour (a.k.a Kaber Duhn) was born in Denver Colorado, but traveled all over the western US while gradually making his way eastward to Minnesota where he studied multimedia. After graduating, he moved to Pennsylvania where he spent six wonderful years honing his artistic skill. There, he found work with a national advertising magazine and met his wife, Mary.

Roy digitally paints book covers and art for Web sites and online games. Recently, he and Mary moved back to Monticello, UT where they currently live happily--hopefully forever after!

Phone Roy at 435-459-3615, e-mail him, or view his impressive and sophisticated gallery at http://kaber13.deviantart.com/

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Kellie Black is a freelance illustrator based in London, UK. She has a BA in Illustration, and has been drawing ever since she can remember! Her work is mostly concerned with characters and narrative, although recently she has completed work for a skincare company for a product re-launch, demonstrating that she is adaptable to illustrative styles as she works to suit the brief. She also works in 3D, creating character sculptures that can be used to illustrate a narrative or concept. Kellie is a member of the Association of Illustrators in the UK. Her Web site can be viewed at http://www.misspearlgrey.com.
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2 comments:

JO LISTER said...

THANKYOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING MY LINK UP IT WAS REALLY GOOD OF YOU. I ALSO LOVED SEEING THE OTHER WORK AND ESPECIALLY HAYLEYS WHICH ARE FANTASTIC, THE LITTLE DOG DISPLAYED JUST LOOKS LIKE ONE OF MY DOGS EBI!!! REGARDS JO X

WillowRaven said...

This was so nice of you to do. Many people talk about the authors, but barely mention us illustrators.

Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com