First Review and Welcoming Home Artwork

This week saw the first pre-release review for Ollie and Augustus in Books + Publishing with a 4.5 stars rating.

“Evans’ illustrations are so pleasing – recalling, in the best way, illustrations such as Emily Gravett and Peter H. Reynolds.” Extract – Books + Publishing.

There’s a combination of excitement and trepidation knowing my book is already winging its way around Australian book reviewers.

I’ve ended my week with the return of my art from Walker Books Australia. It’s been a year since I’ve seen them and I’d forgotten how BIG Augustus is in this picture! Love revisiting the artwork. It’s like I’m seeing them for the first time.

Action plan for my new picture book

Action plan for my new picture book with Walker Books Australia

My new picture book, Ollie and Augustus (Walker Books), is only a few months away from being released.

I’ve been scribbling up action plans for book launches, signings and school and library visits across NSW (September – October) and WA (November – December).

If you think your local school or library would like me to visit please let them know or send me their details here.

Quokka Selfie and Escape from the Studio

A quokka selfie was among the highlights during a brief holiday from my studio.

Two weeks exploring Western Australian beaches and karri forests reminded me how lucky I am to live in this remote part of the world.

Refreshed and refocused I’m back in the studio finishing off my latest picture book with Walker Books.

I look forward to showing sneak peaks from this new book soon.

Quokka selfie with Gabriel Evans

Balloon House Illustration For IBBY Australia

Work in progress (from a couple of weeks ago). This design was created for the International Board of Books – IBBY Australia’s Perth quiz night.

IBBY Australia allowed me to select a theme, so I chose a balloon house because – well – balloon houses are awesome…

The illustration was created with ink overlaid by watercolour.

See the finished version here.

Gabriel Evans - illustration of a Balloon House for IBBY Australia