I’m an author and illustrator of children’s books from Western Australia (WA).

Profile picture of Gabriel Evans

I grew wanting to be a train driver, a detective or a picture book maker.

Choosing the third option, I became an illustrator working with some of Australia’s most loved publishers including Penguin Australia, Hardie Grant Egmont, Scholastic and Walker Books.

In 2018 I wrote and illustrated my first picture book, Ollie and Augustus (Walker Books), it was about my two favourite subjects; dogs and friendship. The book was acquired in 2020 by Candlewick Press where it received a starred review in the School Library Journal (SLJ). It was later released in Denmark and Russia.

In 2020 I wrote and illustrated two books, The Cute Penguin (Hardie Grant) and Norton and the Bear (Berbay), the latter was shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year 2021 and received a starred review in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Booklist.

In 2021 I wrote and illustrated two books Norton and the Borrowing Bear (Berbay) and A Human for Kingsley (Hardie Grant Egmont). Both books were notable titles for the CBCA Book of the Year 2022.

During 2021 I spent time collaborating with award winning authors, Sonya Hartnett for Blue Flower (Penguin Australia), shortlisted in the CBCA Picture Book of the Year, and Jane Godwin for Little One (Affirm Press) a notable title in the CBCA Book of the Year 2022.

Since 2019 my books have been published in twelve countries and have been translated into ten languages.

My illustrations are made with a mixture of watercolour, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. My ideas are developed in a small sketchbook that I take with me on trips to cafés, shops and on walks – you never know when inspiration may hit!

I live with my wife on a hill surrounded by trees and work from a small studio space strewn with sketches, story ideas and half finished cups of tea.


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. Did I mention she’s crazy?

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 was dislodged. 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. Their feathers look like my hair in the morning.