Gabriel Evans is a 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 illustrated for publishers including Walker Books Australia, Scholastic Australia and Simon & Schuster (USA). Two books I’ve illustrated were Notable Books for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Book of the Year.
I recently wrote as well as illustrated a picture book called Ollie and Augustus with Walker Books Australia. I enjoyed the process so much that I’ve written a further two picture books due for release in 2020.
All my illustrations are made with a mixture of mediums including 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.