Children’s Book Illustration

Fatinha Ramos’ Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color

Illustrated by Fatinha Ramos, Sonia Delaunay: A Life of Color is as delightful introduction to abstraction and one of the early twentieth century’s most groundbreaking artists.

Published by the The Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA), A Life of Color tells the story of Sonia Delaunay and her young son, Charles. “Together they fly across Europe in their magical car so that Charles-encountering new sights, sounds and feelings-can learn how, for his mother, life and art are one and the same. Featuring vivid reproductions of Sonia’s work from the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Centre Pompidou, Paris, this book brings her most fundamental ideas about art and life into focus for young readers.”

The picture book earned Ramos an Excellence Global Illustration Award from the Frankfurt Book Fair for her brilliant illustrations and interpretations of of Delaunay’s work. In a raving New York Times review, Maria Russo says “Ramos’ lovely, playful art pulls off the tricky task of evoking Delaunay’s while standing strongly on its own.”

You can see more of Fatinha Ramos’ signature style in her Directory of Illustration portfolio or on her website.

Artist Spotlight: Rob Peters

Rob Peters is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. He currently lives with his wife and family in Topeka, KS.

He started as a freelance artist in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. Peters has designed logos and book covers and has illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, including Russel T. Jones: On The Edge Of Forever and Go Cubs, Go!. He’s also written and illustrated a few comics, including those on Crazy Cal Presents.

You can see more work from Peter on his Directory of Illustration Portfolio page or on his website.

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Tracy Bishop Creates Illustrations for “First Grade, Here I Come!”

Tracy Bishop recently teamed up with author, D.J. Steinberg, to create illustrations to accompany his book, First Grade, Here I Come! 

The book uses verses and pictures as a way to guide kindergartners into the new, fun world of grade school.

Tracy is represented by MB Artists. Take a look at her Directory of Illustration portfolio and mbartists.com to view more of her fun-filled illustrations.

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Brian Allen Illustrates Children’s Book, Ant CSI

Brian Allen worked alongside author Bryce Anderson to create  over 20 pages of illustrations for the recent children’s book, Ant CSI.

The book centers around a colony of ants battling against an army of devious fire ants and the artwork were conceptualized and designed with the help of the client. The illustrations were first created by pen and ink and then later colored them in Manga Studio & Adobe Photoshop.

Take a peek at more of Brian’s amazing work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at flylanddesigns.com.

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Garry Parsons: The Dragonsitter

Garry Parsons worked alongside author Josh Lacey on the new addition in The Dragonsitter series: Trick or Treat, published by Andersen Press.

Garry is represented by Meiklejohn Illustration. View more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at kidscornerillustration.co.uk.

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Duncan Beedie: Walker Books

Walker Books commissioned Duncan Beedie to create several illustration for the children’s book, Get Coding!: Learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript & build a website, app & game.

The book is a kid-friendly user manual to help children get into the subject of computer science.

With the help of Duncan’s characters and humor, the book tells kids how to write code and then build their own website, app and game using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Duncan is represented by Illustration Ltd. Check out more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio, and at illustrationweb.us.

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Carol Newsom Illustrates New Children’s Book

Children’s book illustrator Carol Newsom recently finished drawing the spread pages for a new hard cover book titled Grasshopper Gus, published by Frog Street Press.

In the story a Grasshopper and a cricket get together to play “music” for the other animals in the Meadow.  Through the pages, children learn how grasshoppers and crickets create noise differently: grasshoppers rub their leg against their wing while crickets rub their wings together.

Carol experienced a few challenges while making the night critters come to life on the page, especially when creating bright and appealing illustrations that take place during night scenes. One of the things she enjoyed most about illustrating Grasshopper Gus was creating the character’s visual personalities and painting the outdoor scenes they played.

See more of Carol’s work on her Directory of Illustration portfolio.

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Petur Antonsson Joins Shannon Associates

We’re excited to share that illustrator Petur Antonsson is one of the newest additions to the Shannon Associates roster of talented artists!

Petur is a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After graduating, Petur worked in the gaming industry before moving relocating to his native home – Iceland. He is currently doing freelance illustration work for various clients and companies around the world. His clients include Disney Interactive, Disney Playdom, HarperCollins Publishers, Greenwillow Books, Penguin-RandomHouse Publishers, Forlagið Publishers, Plain Vanilla, Booyah, Baozou, CloudKid Studios, Lazy Town, Freyja Chocolates, and The Icelandic Center for Educational Materials.

Much more of Petur’s work can be seen through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at shannonassociates.com.

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Hannah George Illustrates ‘Rag, Tag and Bobtail and other Magical Stories’

Kids Corner artist Hannah George was commissioned to create cover and interior illustrations for Rag, Tag and Bobtail and other Magical Stories written by renowned children’s book author, Enid Blyton.

In print for the first time in 20 years Rag, Tag and Bobtail and other Magical Stories follows the adventures of pixies Rag, Tag and Bobtail, rabbits Flop and Whiskers and many other lovable characters.

More work by Hannah George can be seen through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at kidscornerillustration.co.uk.

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Garry Parsons: Are You The Pirate Captain?

Award-winning illustrator Garry Parsons just released a new comical mystery children’s book alongside author Gareth P. Jones entitled Are You The Pirate Captain?

In this book, first mate Hugh has got the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can’t set sail until they find a captain! The salty adventure follows Hugh and his scurvy seadogs trying to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out what their captain needs is the brains to lead!

The book is now available for purchase in the UK. Check out a few of the images below.

Garry Parsons is represented by Kids Corner. See more of his work here and here.

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