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Children Book Illustrations Showcase

Like all things design, it is amazing to see the evolution of illustration in children’s books. Gone are the days where children’s books were just simply some pretty pictures for kids to look at. Today, children’s books illustrators are artists in and of their own right. Pick up an handful of children’s books at the store and you are bound to find a completely different style of illustration in each and every one of them. It is those variety of styles that I want to showcase in today’s post.

Below, you will vide a variety of illustrators who all have a style very much their own. It is these individual styles that have made some of the extremely popular and profitable in their field.

Andy J Smith

Andy J Smith

Portfolio Andy is a 34 year old illustrator based out of Ipswich, MA who has always found a way to make a living doing what he enjoys. Currently he is a full time children book illustrator with 8 published books and more on the way. Before he managed to make it as a childrens book illustrator, he do other illustration based jobs such as worked as an animator and taught high school and college art.

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Francesca Assirelli

Francesca Assirelli

Portfolio Francesca Assirelli is a children’s book illustrator who currently lives overseas in Wimbledon Village, London. It is always nice to see a children’s book illustrator who has a style all their own and Francesca Assirelli certainly has that. Her work offers us bold colors and an almost abstract style that fits children’s book well, but has a hint of folk art mixed in it.

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Gris Grimly

Gris Grimly

Portfolio While most, if not all of Gris Grimlys work is a little unsuitable for children books in the literal sense, he is still an amazing illustrator. If you aren’t familiar with his work, Gris creates children’s style books full of poems, short stories, and other children’s subjects; but with a dark macabre style about them. They are all extremely cool, but you might end up with one sick child if you let them read these growing up.

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Karen Craig

Karen Craig

Portfolio Karen has been lucky enough to have been designing and illustrating children’s books for over 15 years. That my friends, is no small feat. She has not only worked as a children’s book illustrator, but also as a toy designer for Nickelodeon. You can probably tell by her illustrative style, that she was very much involved in the Nick Jr hit, Blues Clues. It is this very style that won her a Broadcast Design Award.

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Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera

Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera

Portfolio While not your typical children’s book illustrators, the pair have done a lot of work in the industry. However, they are probably more known for the degree of their work, than for the places and books it has been published in. Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera are members of the popular artists group, Imaginism Studios, which as won tons of design awards over the years.

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58 Comments

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    All you guys have done very good work! Visit mine here http://www.TJG-Designs.com

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    Debbie Kilroe (2 Points) October 26, 2010 at 3:29 am

    You are amazing! You must already know that you are…very talented. A gift from the higher being.

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    ruchi (0 Points) August 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    These are just beautiful! thank you for posting!

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    sahar (1 Point) May 25, 2010 at 4:02 am

    it was soooooooooooooooooooooo good

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    paul stickland (1 Point) March 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Gris Grimly and Bobby Chiu, wonderful, I love your work!

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    mum mum mum mum mum (1 Point) February 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

    whaleboy is awesome

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    ฟังเพลงใหม่ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks24

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    โค้ดเพลงhi5 (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Excellent post. Thanks17

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Excellent post. Thanks12

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (2 Points) January 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks

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    Victoria Jindra (1 Point) December 14, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I love Gris Grimly’s imaginery! Also I luv this children’s illustrator: http://www.circografico.com.ar

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    handbags (1 Point) November 17, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Current bb are very lucky. they have plenty resource.

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    Designer (2 Points) May 19, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Impressive. A lot of work was put into these ones. At the end they got a piece of art.

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    parisa (1 Point) May 14, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    congratulation!so pretty

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    Anthony Alexander (1 Point) April 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Bobby Chiu is ridiculously talented. He made me think about getting a tablet.

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    Nice list – you really ought to check out the master though Shaun Tan http://www.shauntan.net/books.html

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    Chris Gaines (1 Point) April 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

    This is a wonderful collection of current illustrators.

    I wanted to give a shout out to one of my personal favorite classic children’s book illustrators is Chris Van Allsburg. I can go back to his illustrations and find something new each time. His attention to detail is amazing.

    I also like the quirkiness of Francesca Assirelli’s illustrations. It reminds me of the style of Stinky Cheese Man, illustrated by Lane Smith.

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    Clara (1 Point) April 9, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Hello i love your illustrations, i am a student (2nd year) and i must design a children’s book to teach DNA, can you give me some good tutorials or help me in any way?

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    Jason Stanley (1 Point) April 8, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Superb showcase of some contrasting styles. I particularly love the work of Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera as I’ve been checking it out on DeviantArt for quite some time!

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    Subhasish Paul (1 Point) April 6, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hi! will you teach me how to make this nice bookmarks or give me any of your tutorial site adress,i would like to learn by profession i am a photographer.

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    Love it all! Although I can see few children getting scared of Gris Grimly illustrations

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    Gris Grimly’s got to be my favorite. His style seems so natural and effortless.

    Even though they’re not children’s authors, everyone should really check out Ashley Wood and Barnaby Ward–two of my most favorite illustrators of all time. Ashley is most notable for having created the graphic novels for the Metal Gear Solid series whereas Barnaby has made an awesome collection inspired by the likes of Alice in Wonderland. Like I said, do check ‘em out. :)

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    Christopher (1 Point) March 28, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Great post! Most people don’t notice the talent put into the illustrations in children books.

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    lawrence77 (1 Point) March 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I want to be a Child again!
    Is it possible with any medicines! :)

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    John Regie Anthony A. Jaminal (1 Point) March 27, 2009 at 3:32 am

    wowowiwow!!!!

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    sriganesh (1 Point) March 27, 2009 at 12:43 am

    nice work and nice articles.is this work done by sketching and scaned and finished in system ??, iam newbie.help.reply

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    Jennifer (1 Point) March 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Great group of artists. I really enjoyed reading the writeups.

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    I always find Kirsti Anne Wakelin’s stuff amazing and love seeing the steps involved in her process.

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    Claire (1 Point) March 26, 2009 at 4:59 am

    A great selection of really ‘cheerful’ as well as ‘dark’ illustrations. It is something i want to learn to be great at, I envy people like that!

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    Logo Design Guru (1 Point) March 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    wow, these are all gorgeous and extremely impressive. Illustration is an entire world of its own. It is always amazing. Well done and keep designing.

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    kathy weller (1 Point) March 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Great post! So glad to finally learn who illustrated Blue!!

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    May I suggest Cecilie Okada http://www.okadadesign.no/illustrasjon1.html who is a Norwegian illustrator?

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    ptamaro (1 Point) March 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, what a nice collection of amazing illustration…. Thank you.

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    These guys rock.

    I’ve been following Sam Ward for quite some time. He too is a great children book illustrator.

    Sam Ward Art . com

    Maybe you think so too?

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    Amazing collection of inspiration, such a difference in style yet all equally brilliant. Love them!

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    Casper (1 Point) March 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera is truly amazing… breathtaking pictures, and compositions

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    Sociss (2 Points) March 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Woah, the one with the rabbits, and the one whith the pink dragon made me laught a lot, they look so awesome!

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    smashill (1 Point) March 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    If you don’t like Gris Grimley you should never watch tim burton, looks very much inpired by those movies.

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    wow, really nice compilation, i love children`s books

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