Gabriel Evans is an Australian children’s book illustrator and author.
I grew up wanting to be a train driver, circus master (with a curly moustache) or a children’s book illustrator.
I achieved one ambition by signing my first picture book contract aged seventeen. Without previous illustration experience beyond newspaper cartooning, I learnt to storyboard, design spreads and complete a book in the three month deadline. It was around this time I started drinking coffee.
I work in traditional mediums including watercolour, gouache, charcoal, pencil and inks to make creative (and often messy) effects. I constantly sketch thoughts and ideas and sometimes they become picture books.
For several weeks of the year I pack my bags and travel Australia giving illustration workshops and talks in schools and libraries. Meeting the audience of my books is the highlight of my job.
I’ve recently completed writing and illustrating my latest picture book with Walker Books due out in September 2019.
In my spare time I drink tea, explore beaches and read picture books.
SEVEN FACTS ABOUT GABRIEL EVANS
1) I love growing oak trees – I’ve planted over fifteen varieties on my hill.
2) I have a crazy Border Collie dog. She chases birds in trees.
3) My studio is so messy I use acrobatic methods including jumping, skipping and swinging to reach my desk.
4) I once built a boat from an old kitchen sink. Its maiden voyage lasted five glorious minutes before the plug exploded. Like a good captain I went down with my ship.
5) I have a large collection of woolly beanies, but most of them are lost. I suspect they were eaten by a fiercely-hungry-beanie-eating monster.
6) My favourite vegetable is kale. It’s almost as good a Brussels sprouts. I’m not even joking.
7) My favourite chicken are frizzles. If you don’t know what they are click here.