A sample of our illustrators

Stephen Axelsen

Stephen's first drawings were portraits of his mum, he thinks. They weren't very good, but that's because he was only three months old at the time. This was about a hundred and thirty years ago. Then he slowly taught himself to draw better, by doodling and mucking about and copying cars from old National Geographic magazines.
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Aaron Blabey

After 15 years as a fashion model and freestyle breakdancer, Aaron made a living breaking wild horses and teaching them how to lip-synch to Beyonce videos. Then, in 2005, he turned his attention towards writing children's picture books and hasn't really looked back.
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Vilma Cencic

On Vilma's bookshelf there is a very special book. It's very old but in good condition considering it was given to her at a very young age. It's called "Father Christmas" by Raymond Briggs. It's a story made up mostly of pictures. Vilma would spend hours looking through it, studying all the details, thinking about this Santa and all the places he went to and the people he visited.
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Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon has not been able to find any information about himself except for a small piece of paper handed to him in 1923 by a magician's assistant on the way to buy an alpaca at the farmer's market. He read it as soon as he got off the train. The piece of paper read ...
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Richard CT Gregory

As an inattentive schoolboy, Richard's education came largely from viewing illustrations. After qualifying as a visual arts teacher, he left his native Britain to explore the world and finally settled in Sydney. He often filled sketchbooks, exhibited paintings and took various teaching jobs.
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Marissa Gunning

Whether it be frogs swimming in milk or bats playing guitar, Marissa Gunning always enjoys the challenge of transforming ideas into characters. The love of drawing began in childhood with finger painting yoghurt, spiral geometry and her father telling her to go count the ants on the back fence.
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Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett really really likes colouring in. He sometimes goes out of the lines, but this is okay, because he has found out that if you draw the lines in afterwards, then it all works out just fine.
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Andrew Joyner

Andrew Joyner draws pictures for all sorts of books and magazines and newspapers. Some of his books include The Terrible Plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky, and the Boris series, about a young warthog and his adventures in the town of Hogg Bay.
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David Legge

Throughout many long nights over the last 40 years or so, David has, amongst other things, written and sung with John Lennon, won the Nobel Peace Prize, climbed Mount Everest naked and learned how to fly like Superman. Alas, in his waking life he has achieved none of these things.
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Kerry Millard

Kerry Millard is a mixed-up Canadian / Australian / cartoonist / author / illustrator who also paints and writes poetry using her other name, Kerry Thompson. Twice, Kerry Thompson has had a poem published in The School Magazine and Kerry Millard has illustrated it. She enjoys working together.
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Gregory Myers

At a far-too-early age Gregory was put on an ocean-liner which sailed for weeks and weeks to the other side of the world. He enjoyed going to kindergarten in London, and loved holidays because his family always jumped into their old campervan and drove all over Europe, visiting marvellous museums and castles and festivals.
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Cheryl Orsini

Cheryl Orsini taught herself how to draw when she was just a little girl. She grew a little taller and went to university and drew a whole lot there and finally, when she could grow no more, she started illustrating children's books, magazines and decorating a great many peg dolls!
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Matt Ottley portrait

 

Matt Ottley

Matt Ottley was delivered to Earth from an alternate universe in 1962. In this universe he is a multi-award winning picture book writer and illustrator. He spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, and has travelled widely throughout the world (this being part of his job as an alien).
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Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips made his first drawing circa 1977, age 3. The piece was created with several coloured crayons and covered most of the lower part of the lounge room wall, extending from the floor to about as high as a three year old can reach.
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Veronica Rooke

Veronica Rooke was in Grade 1 when she started writing really wacky stories and illustrating them. She announced to the big, wide world that she was going to be an artist! Problem was, no-one else appreciated her crayon masterpieces and said she was a little bit … um … weird, suggesting maybe a different career.
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Peter Sheehan

About 40 years ago, when Peter Sheehan was attending primary school in a sleepy little holiday town called The Entrance, he loved to read the The School Magazine. He especially liked to marvel at the illustrations.
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Noela Young

When I started school my teacher noticed signs of a budding artist so it was no surprise when, on leaving school, I studied art at the National Art School in Sydney. I had a vague ambition to be painter, perhaps a portrait painter, but became instead a book illustrator.
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