Gabriel Evans is a children’s book illustrator and author from Western Australia. He’s illustrated over twenty books and written four.
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.
In 2018 I wrote and illustrated my latest picture book, Ollie and Augustus. It is a story of friendship between a boy and his dog and is released with Walker Books in September 2019.
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 to remote communities in the Australian Kimberley and Northern Territory.
I call this my job.
FIVE 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 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 chicken is a frizzle.