Children’s Books

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.

All Images © Rob Peters

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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Artist Spotlight: Chellie Carroll

Chellie Carroll is a London-based illustrator known for her eclectic style which often incorporates floral images, decorative patterns and female photographic elements. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, Chellie worked as a designer until 2000 when she decided to focus solely on illustration. Throughout her career, Chellie has worked with a wide range of clients such as BBC3, BT Vision, Cadbury Flake, PlayStation, Kellogg’s, Cancer Research, Schaller Cosmetics, Mattel, The Sunday Times Magazine, Contagious Magazine, Computer Arts, Readers Digest and Oxford University Press, among others. Most recently she has been working with several publishing companies such as Stripes Publishing and Michael O’Mara Books to create art for novels and coloring books.

To see more of Chellie’s work, visit her Directory of Illustration Portfolio or visit her website: chelliecarroll.co.uk

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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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Jane Mjolsness: The Tale of the Tail

The Tale of the Tail: Envision bright animals illuminating story pages and igniting youthful imaginations. In a fresh and funky style. This is exactly what illustrated book “The Tale of the Tail” , written by Susan Howard, accomplishes.  Illustrations created by Jane Mjolsness introduce an alternative medium to book illustration: collage. Playing on color and texture and using gouache on vintage paper, Jane Mjolsness’s images flutter through pages in a playful, fun fashion.

Keep an eye out for the Howard’s book, soon to be published.

To view more from Jane Mjolsness’s portfolio: http://bit.ly/1TKjliV

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Allen Garns: The Tomb Robber and King Tut

Allen Garns was commissioned by Denise Cronin, VP of Creative at Viking Books for Children, to illustrate a book about a boy living in the Valley of Kings at the time of Howard Carter’s search for King Tut’s tomb. After 2 years of work, the book has been published.

The Tomb Robber and King Tut is available through Amazon.

More work from Allen Garns can be seen at allengarns.com.

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Shaw Nielsen: Welcome Home Carla

Welcome Home Carla is an educational children’s book illustrated by Shaw Nielsen for Junior Achievement. The story follows a little girl throughout a the day as she does chores around the house to earn money to throw a welcome home party for her best friend Carla who is returning home from summer camp.

Shaw Nielsen’s work for both adults and children has appeared in magazines, advertising, posters, and newspapers around the world.  He is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at rappart.com.

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Tom Jellett: Illustrations for “My Amazing Dad”

Tom Jellett created the illustrations for a 32 page picture book titled, My Amazing Dad written by Ezekiel Kwaymullina and published by Little Hare, an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont.

My Amazing Dad is the story of a stay at home Dad who, though not equipped with most of the day-to-day skills required running a household, still manages to make the everyday something special.

This heartwarming book was released earlier this year to coincide with Father’s Day!

To view more work from Tom Jellett, please visit his directoryofillustration.com portfolio and website, tomjellett.com.

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Meet the Rep: CATugeau Artist Agency

Featured Image: Ana Ochoa

Christina A. Tugeau Artist Agency (CATugeau) is the first mother/daughter agency in the business! A trained artist herself with a BA in Fine Art, Chris Tugeau has been in the children’s illustration industry for almost 25 years. Since opening her own agency in 1994, Chris has enjoyed representing many talented artists, and has been an active part of the illustration community; writing and presenting for SCBWI regions around the country. She is also the author of SCBWI Illustrator Guidelines. A veteran artist and rep, Chris is an advocate for ethical fairness and the bright future of children’s publishing.

Christy Ewers, Chris’ daughter, has been a close observer of the children’s literature industry since 1994, and surrounded by artists her entire life. Aside from her mother, her brother, Jeremy Tugeau is an exceptional fine art and children’s illustrator, now represented by his wife, Nicole, at Tugeau 2. Christy’s husband, Chris Ewers, is also part of the CAT group as their first photographer! With a degree in English/Journalism and a decade of experience in various creative fields, Christy hopes to bring a new perspective to the agency, while maintaining the enthusiasm and love that her mother brings to the industry. Aside from writing, her interests include seaside escapes, very hot coffee and pitbulls named Gertie.

And of course, granddaughter/daughter, Billie Ewers, joins by default as CATugeau’s resident expert and critic. She has almost 3 years of experience in the world, and a background in bright colors and textural pages, with a specific expertise in peek-a-boo books. Billie currently enjoys bubbles and calling letters and words “ABCD’s.”

CATugeau Artist Agency represents a wide variety of wonderful children’s illustrators, such as the ones below. Don’t hesitate to contact them for any of your illustration needs!

For more from CATugeau, please visit their Directory of Illustration Portfolio and website.

Martha Aviles

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Patrice Barton

Patrice Barton

“Layla, Queen of Hearts”

 

Lisa Fields

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Joanne Friar

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Cathy Gendron

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“Pet Cab for Izzy”

 

Michelle Hazelwood

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Ann Iosa

Ann Iosa

“The Wind in The Willows”

 

Melissa Iwai

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“We wash the vegetables”

 

John Kanzler

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Kelly Kennedy

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Christine Kornacki

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“When Books Come to Life”

 

Laura Logan

Laura Logan

“The Owl & the Pussycat”

 

Nina Mata

Nina Mata

“Trick or Treat”

 

Roger Motzkus

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Ana Ochoa

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Meryl Treatner

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Compelling Covers from the Rapp Artists

RappArt is well known for having a strong portfolio of conceptual artists suitable for editorial projects, but many of the same artists have completed terrific publishing assignments as well!

RappArt has a range of possibilities with assignments that have included covers for trade fiction, YA, and fantasy. Check out a few of them below.

Explore more of RappArt’s illustrators and styles through their Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.

Stephanie Dalton Cowan

 

Robert Neubecker

 

Dan Page

 

John S. Dykes

 

-Via the RappArt Blog