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 goal 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 within the three month deadline.


Since then I’ve illustrated books for Walker Books Australia, Scholastic Australia, Penguin-Random House and The Five Mile Press.

Roses are Blue (Walker Books) and Captain Sneer the Buccaneer (Walker Books) were both notable titles in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award.

I work in traditional mediums including watercolour, gouache, charcoal, pencil and inks to achieve creative (and often messy) effects. I’m constantly experimenting in new systems of illustrating.

Between illustrating I travel Australia giving illustration workshops and talks in schools and libraries. Meeting the audience of my books is the highlight of my job.

In my spare time I drink tea, explore beaches and read picture books.

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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.

character illustrations by Gabriel Evans