Gabriel Evans is an Australian children’s book illustrator and author. He’s illustrated over twenty-five books including four he’s written.
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 have featured on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Notable Book list.
In 2018 I wrote and illustrated my latest picture book, Ollie and Augustus. This story of friendship between a boy and his dog was partly inspired by my own dog. It is released with Walker Books in September 2019.
I create my illustrations in a mixture of mediums including watercolour, pencil and ink.
I travel around Australia presenting illustration workshops and talks in schools and libraries for small people and big people.
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. They always look like they’ve just been electrocuted!