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Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland - Designer

Lincoln, United Kingdom

Illustrator/designer. Subject range wide: fiction/non-fiction, children’s, covers. Ex-graphics ed., Daily Telegraph, 20 international awards

Overview

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I am a freelance illustrator and designer who has worked with publishers of all sizes, incl. 72 books for Penguin; three book series for Osprey military; designing building templates etc. for an 00-gauge model railway village for Hachette Partworks and 90 issues of a Great Battles series for a Russian publisher through Windmill Books (packagers); and graphics for the current National Gallery Guide book through Ivy Press. A former graphics editor of the Daily Telegraph with 20-odd national/international awards, my work covers a very wide range of subjects from war to archaeology, natural history to science. I illustrate book covers and children’s books, including my own nonsense adventure, a Book of the Year for Lovereading4kids website, that has sold over 9,000 in hardback in the UK at £15 and around 9,000 in China and South Korea. I performed all aspects of the publishing operation through to organizing printing in China and marketing for both that book and my first adult Gothic novel, which sold 3,000 at £10 in the UK as a trade paperback. I also illustrate for architects and developers.

Over the years I have occupied myself in a variety of fields:
- film-making at college (Don Quixote award at Cracow Short Film Festival - co-directed and -edited);
- architectural college (Architectural Association School, London) and draughtsman (to finance course);
- photo-journalist & topical newspaper cartoonist;
- information graphic artist (incl. 18yrs and 22 national/international awards as graphics editor of The Daily Telegraph – every subject from science and sport to natural history, archaeology to war and disaster);
- freelance illustrator for publishers: see intro..
- illustrator for architects incl. John McAslan & Partners (energy centre cutaway for London Olympics and Abu Dhabi National museum exhibit); Kit Martin (now Prince Charles Regeneration Trust historic buildings adviser); Norwich Theatre Royal regeneration.
- publisher of my own books, illustrated children’s and adult fiction (see below).

I am always up for new and creative challenges.

Media. Hand: pencil, crayon, pen and ink, watercolour, gouache. Digital: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Painter.

I have self-published (traditionally under Raven’s Quill/Shabby Tattler imprints) two books so far (performing all publishing and marketing operations except editing).

The Amazing Adventures of Curd the Lion (and Us!) in the Land at the Back of Beyond. Children’s nonsense adventure, 7-12 yrs. Hardback. 176 pages. 80 pencil illustrations & map. £15.
9,000 sold UK. 7,654 sold in translation China (1st yr.) and 1,360 in S. Korea. Lovereading4kids made it a Book of Year and keep it on essential reads list - many reviews there, including Margaret Mallett, an award-winning educationist (UK Literacy Society), who gave a half page review in her book on children’s literature for teachers.
‘Made in Me’ are contracted to include it in their new ‘Chapter Book’ Series for tablets.

The Flight of Birds. Gothic ghost tale/horror thriller under Alan Howard (adult fiction name). 400 pages trade p/b. £10. Sold 3,000 UK. (Now in two editions, Black and White, with different beginnings and endings to same story)

Several more stories in the pipeline (adult, children’s and YA) - incl. illustrations for these.
My blog is called ‘Pencilnotes’ after my trusty pencil.

Services
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Romance Science Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Education & Reference History Life Sciences Travel

Awards

  • British Press Awards, Graphic Artist of Year (winner x3, runner-up x2)
  • British Press Awards, Team Award (Iraq War)
  • US Society of News Design Awards (Silver x2, Excellence x12)
  • Newspaper Focus Ind. Awards, Graphic Artist of Year

Work experience

Illustrator, designer, author, publisher

Raven’s Quill Ltd

January, 2008 – Present (almost 9 years)

My work is two-pronged. On the one hand I illustrate for many publishers in non-fiction subjects including science, anthropology, archaeology, history (ancient and modern), travel, nature, war (from weapons cutaways to campaign and aerial views of battle maps). I designed buildings and figures in 3 dimensions for model-builders of a 1950’s English village for Hachette’s railway part-works. I illustrate cutaways and exploded diagrams for architects and developers.
On the other hand, I write, illustrate, design and publish traditionally under my own imprint my own work with some degree of success, if you take sales value figures, rather than quantity, as a yardstick, having sold over £165,000-worth of these to date, not including translation rights.

Graphics Editor

The Daily Telegraph

October, 1987 – March, 2005 (over 17 years)

Responsible for organizing and carrying out all breaking news, feature, city, sport and other graphics for the newspaper with a select team of artists. Liaised with editorial heads of home news, foreign, sport, weekend, travel, city, property departments.

Photographer / Graphic Artist

The Evening Despatch / The Northern Echo/ London Daily News

September, 1978 – December, 1987 (over 9 years)

Photojournalist for the Despatch (while doing topical cartoons for the Echo) till April 1986; 1st regional news graphic artist for the Northern Echo till 1st December when appointed same at London Daily News.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

The Amazing Adventures of Curd the Lion (and Us!) in the Land at the Back of Beyond

Alan Gilliland

When the Great Raven steals their Mother's precious brooch, the Twins, Henry and Henrietta, are blamed and told that, unless the brooch is returned, their Birthday Party in four days' time will be cancelled and that their four Animals, Curd the Lion, Pilgrim Crow, Sweeney the Heenie (a hyena), and O'Flattery the Snake, will be given away to the Charity Shop.Curd the Lion, who witnessed the the... read more

When the Great Raven steals their Mother's precious brooch, the Twins, Henry and Henrietta, are blamed and told that, unless the brooch is returned, their Birthday Party in four days' time will be cancelled and that their four Animals, Curd the Lion, Pilgrim Crow, Sweeney the Heenie (a hyena), and O'Flattery the Snake, will be given away to the Charity Shop.Curd the Lion, who witnessed the the... read more

Flight of Birds

Alan Howard

When her mother dies, 18-year-old Kate and her father bury her in a place beloved of her childhood and go to live in a cottage close by. Kate meets a one-eyed vagabond who tells her the Elizabethan history of the neighbouring great house: of a massacre in the name of religion, of imprisonment, rape, torture and murder. It is a tale that comes alive in the telling as its victims rise up in veng... read more

When her mother dies, 18-year-old Kate and her father bury her in a place beloved of her childhood and go to live in a cottage close by. Kate meets a one-eyed vagabond who tells her the Elizabethan history of the neighbouring great house: of a massacre in the name of religion, of imprisonment, rape, torture and murder. It is a tale that comes alive in the telling as its victims rise up in veng... read more

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Brian Oldham

Working with Artist Alan Gilliland was a powerful experience. He emailed back and forth asking questions and talking to me about my feelings and experiences before accepting the job. He created a cover for my book that shocked me when I opened his post. It hit me hard as just what I was trying to say. It was a very emotional moment. I shared his cover with several people in the coffee shop...

Brian Oldham, October 2016

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