Look at these illustrated children's books I made!
I love creating art for children, and even better when it's wrapped up inside of a picture book for kids. There are few things I enjoy more than illustrating stories, which are brought to life by my colourful children's book characters!
Imagine Colouring Book
With Swindon City of Sanctuary
This project was different than most of my others in that I wasn't illustrating a story. I worked with Swindon City of Sanctuary to create a colouring book for children, as part of the activities to mark Refugee Week 2020.
The colouring book is free to download as a PDF, or you can order copy printed by a local printer in Swindon - delivered to your door.
Ricky, Buddy & Marshall: Pranks, Mischief, Adventure
By Marshall Anderson
This story is a collection of (mostly) true stories about the mischief Marshall and his friends got up to when they were kids.
I created black and white illustrations with ink, and then I enhanced them digitally in Adobe Illustrator. Marshall formatted the book himself.
Worm McWorm & The Decomposers
By Nick Nichols
This story is about how decomposition works, and is aimed to help educate children about keeping soil healthy. It was shared with schools in Wisconsin, teaching them about how to lead a more sustainable life through composting.
The colourful illustrations and children's book characters were created with watercolour and ink, before being enhanced digitally in Adobe Photoshop.
Koko Goes To School
By Todd Trautmann
This is a true story about Todd's daughter Rachel, and the adventures she shared with her dog Koko on her last day of high school. It was a small project, created as a gift for Rachel.
This story was illustrated initially with ink and watercolour. I then scanned the illustrations and made enhancements in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
About my illustrated children's books
What I love about so many children’s books is the simple delivery of often very profound and complex concepts like love, friendship, and empathy. I always work to create images that are fun, effective, and relatively simple in the message they send.
The children's book characters I design are family-friendly, endearing, and fun for kids of all ages. What I desire is for children to be able to see parts of themselves in my characters, regardless of their gender, age, or the plot line of the story.
Moving forward I see myself creating books for children to read that explore and define emotional wellness, empathy, and mental health as I feel these are topics relevant to children across the globe right now.