Our guest post is by Lee Wildish, illustrator of Spooky Spooky House shortlisted in the Younger Children category of the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013
From a young age I became interested in illustration and art, from doodles in my maths books, to the famous works of art. I still remember my first illustration that anyone saw. 7 years of age. It was at a chess competition, I did not excel at chess but there was an art competition too. I entered a rather odd funny looking Loch Ness monster and it won first prize! Obviously I have moved on a little since then with a OND, HND and BA(Hon) all in the arts.
As soon as I left University I Started as a graphic designer for a advertising agency in Nottingham learning the ins and outs of graphics and corporate literature then moved to a printers as studio manager. This helped me understand the printing processes and I had a wide range of clients who required their briefs to be met at high standard and tight deadlines.
After this I then moved to a newspaper as studio manager where the team designed large corporate events marketing and running visual campaigns to promote the newspapers and magazines. After this I needed a bit of a change from all this so I ventured into greeting cards as a Product Development Manager where I stayed for 5 years producing artwork, illustrations and design concepts from start to finish until I became re involved in illustration again and left 6 yeas ago. Now I am freelance enjoying illustration and the world of Children’s books and that is the story to date…. I thoroughly enjoy illustrating Children’s books. I find them funny and you can add slight adult humor too, this hopefully appeals to the adult purchaser.
There is nothing more warming than seeing people enjoying and laughing at a published book that you have illustrated.
I find Nature and people the biggest influence in my work and try (depending on art direction) to get as much character and expression into each piece of work as possible. Characters are the main subject of my work as I believe these can make and break a project. I have been fortunate to win a few awards and have been shortlisted for for a few as well
The Spooky Spooky House – Shortlisted Red House
- ·Random House
- ·September 1, 2011
Authors: Lee Wildish, Andrew Weale
·Hodder Children’s Books
·Alfred A. Knopf
·May 20, 2012
Authors: Lee Wildish, Jean Reagan
·Little Tiger Press
·August 1, 2011
Authors: Lee Wildish, Steve Smallman
· Little Tiger Press
· April 30, 2010
Authors: Lee Wildish, Tracey Corderoy
Charlie’s Superhero Underpants – shortlisted HILLINGDON PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2010 and PORTSMOUTH BOOK AWARDS 2010
- ·Little Tiger Press
- ·July 9, 2009
Authors: Lee Wildish, Paul Bright
I will always try to reinvent my styles, I have as many as possible without stretching it too far, as doing one style too long I find a little repetitive. So look out for some new styles in some new media other than digital, to be out soon, when they are perfected of course.
I have illustrated books for clients including: Random House UK and USA, Egmont, Penguin, Caterpillar books, Hodder, Hachette, Usborne, Igloo,
Badger books, Franklin Watts, Piggy toes Press, Hodder, Little Tiger Press, HarperCollins, Parragon, Simon & Schulster UK and USA, Usborne, Scholastic, Stripes, Harcourt and Innovative Kids and many more with a wide range of styles and media. The Main goal for me is to write and illustrate a book of my own in the future and there are plenty of ideas in my brain waiting to be discovered.
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Spooky Spooky House has been shortlisted in the Younger Children category of the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013. The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, and sponsored by Red House.