Gabriel Evans is an international selling children’s book illustrator and author from Western Australia (WA).
I grew up wanting to be a train driver (for the hat), a circus master (for the moustache) or a children’s book illustrator (to read picture books all day).
In my teens I pursued my illustration dream by drawing cartoons for a newspaper aged fourteen and picking up a book contract with an indie publisher aged seventeen.
I’ve since worked for publishers including Walker Books Australia, Penguin Random House and Scholastic Australia, teaming up with several acclaimed authors in Australia and the USA as well as working on my own stories and collecting two notable Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year nominations and being shortlisted twice for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year award.
In September 2019 Walker Books released my latest picture book called Ollie and Augustus. This was my first entry into writing picture books. The story was on my two favourite subject, dogs and friendship.
All my illustrations are made with a mixture of watercolour, pencil and ink on paper.
I’ve run workshops and talks in schools and libraries around Australia and visited numerous locations – from the busy streets of Sydney and Melbourne, to remote communities in the Australian Kimberley and Pilbara.
I call this my job.
SIX THINGS ABOUT ME
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 gets messy when I’m making books. 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 breed of chicken is a frizzle.