Imagination Inspired

by charlotte hogg
(paris, france)

animal composition for latest book published

animal composition for latest book published

animal composition for latest book published
sleeping giraffes from first published book
owl-hippo - vignette from published children's book
freehand studies in watercolour and ink

Artwork to inspire the imagination


My aim is to produce art which engages children. I believe that interesting and imaginative images are needed to create a love of reading and that these images inspire curiosity in children.

I'm comfortable in a variety of media (including watercolour and ink) and I'm proficient in Photoshop.

I have a background in fine art and portraiture and I use my studies of the natural world to inform my work.

My work is often highly detailed and I use references from real life to add a certain level of realism.

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Cartoon or Fine Art

by Lisa J Muir
(France)

Deep Beagle, pencil drawing

Deep Beagle, pencil drawing

Deep Beagle, pencil drawing
Before the Race (commission)
Dino Sledding, cartoon illustration
The Little Lost Reindeer

Cartoon or fine art illustrations

I'm a mum of two inspiring children. I have a little studio in my house in France. I'm English and lived in America for 10 years, training exotic animals for movies and television.

I specialise in animal art and nature. I have a rare abilty to be able to draw both cartoon and fine art.

Fine art

I have produced over 1000 animal portraits to date. I have artwork in private galleries in 6 countries. Commissions include...

• Santa Anita Racetrack USA
• Del Mar Racetrack USA
• Newmarket Racetrack UK
• Horse portrait for The Duke and Dutchess of Norfolk

Cartoon

I presently illustrate childrens books. I hand draw my art and scan it into Photoshop. Or I can illustrate using colour pencils. Companies I have worked for...

• Stabenfelt Books, Norway
• Lemontreebooks ltd. UK
• Cheval Magazine, France
• East End Films, London.

Published books... and books on which I assisted with the drawing

Wimpole Village series
Honeywood Island series
• children's activity books
• colouring books
Gaston the Pony
The Little Reindeer
Daring Dinosaurs: Fun in the Snow

You can contact me via my website at lisa@ljmuirstudios.com.

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Paintings for children

by Maryam Safa
(Denmark )

The Fairy Tale Wedding

The Fairy Tale Wedding

The Fairy Tale Wedding
Fairy Tale Beauties
A Forest Creature with a Head for Real Estate
Fairy Tale Problems!

Paintings for Children - Fairy Tale Style

My name is Maryam Safa.

I come from Iran, and I live in Denmark.

I was born in a family where everyone loves art. My father was an artist, and my two sisters are illustrators too.

I have painted since I was 6 years old. After high school, I went to art school and studied graphic for 4 years.

By choice, I draw in my own style. However, I can draw in whatever style you prefer.

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Young and enthusiastic but experienced illustrator

by Monika Suska
(Barcelona,Spain)

Comic hair salon

Comic hair salon

Comic hair salon
Dragon Multitasking
Octopus Pirate
from picture book published by Maverick Book

I came from Poland, but now I'm beginning a new life in my beloved city of Barcelona.

I am a young and enthusiastic illustrator, but experienced.

My name is Monika Suska, and I'm very proud to call myself an illustrator.

It is not only my job but my biggest passion. As a reading addict, my favorite illustration work is picture books.

Working on different types of projects is always a great adventure for me.

My illustrations are usually made with acrylic colour on paper, sometimes with some final touches added in Photoshop.

I don't consider the computer evil; I just prefer traditional techniques over digital painting.

I haven't been an illustrator for long, but I've already done picture books for publishers such as DragonPencil and Maverick Children's Books. Also, I create illustrations and conceptions for 3D characters for the Polish music project, Nie Wiem Kto.

I'm always open tonew illustration adventures!

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Italian Illustrator

by Silvia Dotti
(Milan, Italy)

Traditional Beauty

Traditional Beauty

Traditional Beauty
Princess in Pastel
Illustration with blurred background and ink drawing

My name is Silvia. I am 30 and live near Milan, Italy. Think of me as the Lady of Shalott.

Since I was a child I have loved art. I have been attending a painter's studio since I was 15, first as a student, now as a partner.

There I have learnt various techniques, i.e. watercolours, pastels, acrylics, oils and also how to paint on ceramic, clothes, wood and glass.

As I am particularly attracted by Oriental motifs, I have also recently taken a course - in Oriental painting with black ink on rice paper - where I have learnt how to sketch various plants and landscapes with ink only, without preparatory drawing, Oriental art being essentially meditation.

My artistic carreer has culminated vith various exhibitions in prestigious art galleries throughout Italy - such as Rome, Milan, Genoa, and Lake Garda - and with the illustration of two self-written children's books which will soon be published by Badiglione Editore - Ferrara and Edigiò - Pavia.

I have illustrated both books, the first with old-fashioned fairy-tale illustrations, the second with simpler and more colorful illustrations for young children.

My illustrations are always kind of realistic (not cartoon-style, though I do enjoy cartooning on request).

I prefer drawing people, but I also paint landscapes. I have been recently developing other tehniques, such as watercoloured background with sea salt (the salt rendering the background somewhat blurred) and the characters drawn on this background with black ink.

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May 27, 2011
Lovely!
by: Lynda Vik

Your work is truly wonderful!

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Magic and Fantasy Artwork

by Giulia
(Padova, Italy)

A lady in the woods, made for a web site background, digital technique

A lady in the woods, made for a web site background, digital technique

A lady in the woods, made for a web site background, digital technique
A warrior, a project for a cards game, digital technique
A watercolours work, made for a book cover contest
Pregnancy, a digital exercise

I'm fond of the fantasy world, fairy tales and magic, and my art reflects all of this.

My name is Giulia, I'm 26 and I live in Padua, Italy and I'd like to say, first of all: sorry for my English!

Since I was a little child I've always imagined I was going to be a singer, but as the years went by my passion for drawing grew stronger, and being a book illustrator became my new life dream.

I graduated at the University of Padua, studying literature and theatre and meanwhile, as a student, selling my drawings to friends and people who came to know me by them. In fact a tradition of Padua is that every time a student graduates, his friends and relatives make a drawing of him, an ironic portrait full of all his passions, strengths and weaknesses, and this kind of drawing is one of the best chances I've had to become familiar with pencil, body shapes, shadows and lights; I did a lot of practice, even though I didn't attend any kind of painting school.

In these last years I've discovered the fascinating world of digital painting, Photoshop firstly; I also love working with paper, watercolours and pencils.

I've never auditioned for a book illustrator job; I've mainly auditioned for toy characters design jobs and background website designs jobs, but I believe that there is not much difference in approach: I'm always willing to do both sketches and complete illustrations as long as the requests don't get out of hand!

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International illustrator

by Jenny Barnard
(Senlis, Picardie, France)

T. Rex

T. Rex

T. Rex
Oops
Fending off a Dinosaurs
A Truly Jolly Roger

Jenny is an internationally renowned English illustrator living in France. Her fresh and vibrant illustrations and designs have graced books, porcelain and textiles predominantly throughout Europe and the United States.

Her illustrative style is unique to herself and construed primarily in her preferred mediums of gouache, crayon and ink.

She is always delighted to receive manuscripts from aspiring or published authors that set the imagination on fire and are guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing. Oh yes, and also, who (no beating around the proverbial bush here, I'm afraid) have the necessary cash available to pay for an illustrator.

She would be happy, however, to do a couple of study sketches of the author's main character, for their perusal, for free, before any agreement on a collaboration takes place.

Thereafter, should author and illustrator decide to proceed, these are the guidelines for payment:

- 1/3 to be paid after the signing of a contract.

- 1/3 to be paid after the approval and completion of the preliminary sketches by the author.

- 1/3 to be paid after the completion and absolute approval and satisfaction of the author.

Prices of course depend entirely on what is requested of the illustrator - single page spread, double page spread, spot illustration, full colour or black and white.

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Sep 30, 2011
Book Cover
by: Roy Hill. Woodpecker publishers

I commissioned Jenny to design and illustrate the jacket for my book "Survivor." Her understanding and interpretation of my brief together with her skill as an artist ensured I had the cover I truly wanted to do my book justice.

She has since been commissioned for further projects, and we hope to carry on working together into the future.

Aug 17, 2011
Logo designs
by: Cindy B. Hill

Jenny has been commissioned by my company numerous times over the past ten years. Each logo carried its own unique style based on the subject/product we were marketing. The colors are vibrant and the creativity abounding.

"A picture tells a 1000 words" completely represents Jenny's style and artistry. We are in the process of preparing a children's cookbook, and we are looking forward to commissioning Jenny Barnard once again to tell our story in pictures.

Aug 11, 2011
Ilustration and Design agency
by: Mary Jones

Jenny has been commissioned by and supplied portfolios of top quality illustrations and designs for my customers for several years. They are enamoured by her particular style and flair, her attention to detail and colour and her sheer professionalism in this field of work. Never has a deadline been missed, and it's a pleasure to work with her.

maryjones.design@virgin.net

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Illustrator from Madrid

by Luca Mendieta
(Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain)

Math classroom

Math classroom

Math classroom
Fishmonger
T. Rex on the prowl
Dinosaur on a grassy hill

My name is Luca Mendieta, from Madrid, Spain. I'm a very versatile illustrator with a lot of styles. I can make illustrations for kids, for textbooks, for any age range.

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Disabled Freelance Illustrator-Artist

by Rebecca Louise Saunders
(France)

Colourful Fish

Colourful Fish

I am a physically disabled, self-taught, prolific, freelance, illustrator artist. My illustrations are all freehand. I mainly use Crayon Rocks to colour my artwork.

My artwork is very suited to child themed works - children's books, colouring books, wallpapers, murals, packaging designs.

I am skilled in watercolours, inks, acrylic paints, markers, oil pastels, graphite sticks, and charcoal. I am also skilled in using a scanner, and A6, A5, A4, 24x32cm sized papers.

All creations are from my imagination most of the time. Television and children's movies inspire my works.

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The art of illustration

by George Nazlis
(Athens, Greece)

avatar in sandals

avatar in sandals

Arty's art of illustration

Hi there!

My name is George Nazlis, and for more than 12 years I have been working as a freelance graphic artist and illustrator.

Recently I have been engaged in children’s book illustration and layout design, and I have been fascinated not only by the artistic approach but by the liberty an artist experiences in this process.

My goal is to do more work in this field; that is why I'm seeking out prospects for collaboration here.

I enjoy making art and never tire of it. I get a lot of inspiration from my own children; they keep the child in me alive.

Because of my graphics experience, I am able to design the illustrations alongside a book's layout - combining graphic elements (text, page number, frames etc.) with the illustrations themselves in a continuous composition, then delivering a final product for the printshop.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

George

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Aug 19, 2009
Awesome
by: Evelyn

This is very cute. I like the happy feel of it.

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Imaginary Landscapes

by Luis Peres
(Portimão, Algarve, Portugal)

Coral Dreams

Coral Dreams

Imaginary landscapes, fantasy backgrounds and cute stuff

If you look at most children's books, you'll probably notice that not many artists include background scenery in their creations. Illustrators usually focus their attention on the characters, many disregarding entirely the worlds where these same characters live.

There are hundreds of books with amazing illustrations depicting their story's hero, but since I was a kid, I always felt cheated when the imaginary world surrounding my hero was absent. What I always wanted to see was great pictures of the fantasy land described in the story; not many books had them.

That´s when I decided to start creating my own imaginary geographies, and more than twenty-five years later I´m still doing them. In fact although I love to illustrate characters, I have to say that backgrounds are my most favorite part of a picture.

So...if you have a really nice book that needs some cute colorful characters, and you also need someone to put to paper their unique and wonderful environment, please consider hiring me to do just that!

I started illustrating professionaly back in 1992, and since then i´ve never stopped. Mostly i did work internaly inside my own country (i live and work from the south of Portugal), but i´ve been slowly expanding my craft outside my boundaries and that is the reason i´m here.

I work mainly in traditional media, like watercolors, acrylics and color pencils, but i don´t mind creating pics in digital when a client requests it, so let me know if you have a project that can fit my style and i´m sure we can work around your budget no matter what it is.

My rates vary depending on the amount of work, type of illustration, level of detail and all sorts of variables, so give me details about what you need and let´s talk. ;)

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Oct 08, 2014
Seeking illustrator for my children's book.
by: Keith Garrick

Hello there,

My name is Keith Garrick and I am a self published children's ebook writer and illustrator. I'm working on a project that is just too darn cute for my drawing abilities.

The book is about 20 pages long. It features a little girl and her monster friend. The friend looks like a Koala bear but with candy cane shapped horns on its head.

I can do a rough copy of the book for you to follow. I just need the art work to be more cute. What are your ideas on price for this project ? Full color and all...

Thanks
Keith

tk1269@yahoo.com

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