Leo Hartas

Leo Hartas - Designer

Tintagel, UK

I am an experienced illustrator of children's and fantasy books. I am friendly, efficient and offer design and professional quality art.

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Overview

My work has been published in over a dozen countries. My books The Apartment Book and Haunted Castle are regarded as children's classics. I illustrated the two middle grade series Adventure Island and Sam Silver. I also worked on the Tweenies books for BBC Worldwide. I have worked for many children's magazines including Horrible Histories and Scoop. I also enjoy illustrating fantasy and illustrated the original Dragon Warriors RPG games and the Fighting Fantasy series of game books. I also specialise in creating illustrated maps for fiction and non-fiction.

My clients include, amongst many others: Dorling Kindersley, Random House, Fickling Books, Puffin Books, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Walker Books, Orion Children's Books, Templar, Tango Books, Ilex Press, Award Publications, Parragon, Harper Collins.

I worked in-house for a year at Walker Books which gave me an inside knowledge of how the traditional publishing industry works. More recently I have been working on a series of self-published books with my co-writer, Amanda Boulter, about the adventures of a Viking boy and his dog, Little Moose and Wolfie. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the process of self-publishing from the initial concept through to design, production, publishing, advertising and marketing.

I am fluent in traditional media, digital art and desktop publishing. I was brought up on the South coast of England and now live in Tintagel in Cornwall, of King Arthur fame.

I find inspiration in exploring the beautiful coastline and secret coves. Occasionally I also enjoy dressing up as a Dark Ages warrior and running around a field in Devon. (LARPing)
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Fiction
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Master of Arts Illustration and Editorial Design Distinction
  • BA Hons Illustration 1st Class

Awards

  • Macmillan Children's Books

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
May, 1983 – Present (over 37 years)

My work has been published in over a dozen countries. My books The Apartment Book and Haunted Castle are regarded as children's classics. I illustrated the two middle grade series Adventure Island and Sam Silver. I also worked on the Tweenies books for BBC Worldwide. I have worked for many children's magazines including Horrible Histories and Scoop. I also enjoy illustrating fantasy and illustrated the original Dragon Warriors RPG games and the Fighting Fantasy series of game books. I also specialise in creating illustrated maps for fiction and non-fiction.

My clients include, amongst many others:

Dorling Kindersley, Random House, Fickling Books, Puffin Books, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Walker Books, Orion Children's Books, Templar, Tango Books, Ilex Press, Award Publications, Parragon, Harper Collins.

I worked in-house for a year at Walker Books which gave me an inside knowledge of how the traditional publishing industry works. More recently I have been working on a series of self-published books with my co-writer, Amanda Boulter, about the adventures of a Viking boy and his dog, Little Moose and Wolfie. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the process of self-publishing from the initial concept through to design, production, publishing, advertising and marketing. I am fluent in tradtional media, digital art and desktop publishing.

I was brought up on the South coast of England and now live in Tintagel in Cornwall, of King Arthur fame. I find inspiration in exploring the beautiful coastline and secret coves. Occasionally I also enjoy dressing up as a Dark Ages warrior and running around a field in Devon. (LARPing)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Haunted Castle

Leo Hartas

Young readers are in for the fright of their lives as they help Jodie and Johnny search for their Uncle Barnaby in the monster-filled halls of Grizzlemyst Castle, but only one symbol path leads to Barnaby, the others to ghouls, drudges, mutants, and other scary creatures.

Young readers are in for the fright of their lives as they help Jodie and Johnny search for their Uncle Barnaby in the monster-filled halls of Grizzlemyst Castle, but only one symbol path leads to Barnaby, the others to ghouls, drudges, mutants, and other scary creatures.

Little Mouse Lost at Christmas: A heart-warming rhyming story with beautiful illustrations and a classic feel

Amanda Boulter

In this heart-warming tale, a lost little mouse finds love, friendship and family for Christmas. A lovely rhyming story with beautiful illustrations and a classic feel. The story begins ... read on ...Twas the night before ChristmasAnd all through the houseWas the sound of a storyBeing read by a mouse.Twas the story of Christmas,The babe it was for,And the little mice listenedUntil - What was ... read more

In this heart-warming tale, a lost little mouse finds love, friendship and family for Christmas. A lovely rhyming story with beautiful illustrations and a classic feel. The story begins ... read on ...Twas the night before ChristmasAnd all through the houseWas the sound of a storyBeing read by a mouse.Twas the story of Christmas,The babe it was for,And the little mice listenedUntil - What was ... read more

Mindfulness for Vikings: Inspirational quotes and pictures encouraging a happy stress free life for adults and kids (A Little Moose and Wolfie Book)

Amanda Boulter, Leo Hartas

Little Moose and his dog Wolfie are having fun and loving life!This unique book contains over 45 delightful black and white drawings and inspirational sayings that will appeal to everyone from toddlers to Zen masters. It's a perfect book to share with young children or for older children to read on their own. Adults love it too because it's simple joy in life just lifts your heart and makes yo... read more

Little Moose and his dog Wolfie are having fun and loving life!This unique book contains over 45 delightful black and white drawings and inspirational sayings that will appeal to everyone from toddlers to Zen masters. It's a perfect book to share with young children or for older children to read on their own. Adults love it too because it's simple joy in life just lifts your heart and makes yo... read more

The Mystery of the Whistling Caves (Adventure Island)

Helen Moss

When the famous whistling caves fall silent and treasure goes missing from the castle on the cliffs, Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog try to solve the mystery.

When the famous whistling caves fall silent and treasure goes missing from the castle on the cliffs, Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog try to solve the mystery.

Down Among the Dead Men (Critical IF gamebooks)

Dave Morris

Put yourself at the heart of the story… War is brewing between the kingdoms of Sidonia and Glorianne, a war waged for control of the territories of the New World. Galleons laden with gold ply the seas, and in their wake sail pirates and privateers eager for plunder. Adrift in an open boat, you make your desperate bid to escape from the sadistic Captain Skarvench. The odds are stacked against y... read more

Put yourself at the heart of the story… War is brewing between the kingdoms of Sidonia and Glorianne, a war waged for control of the territories of the New World. Galleons laden with gold ply the seas, and in their wake sail pirates and privateers eager for plunder. Adrift in an open boat, you make your desperate bid to escape from the sadistic Captain Skarvench. The odds are stacked against y... read more

Apartment Book

Leo Hartas, Richard Platt

Illustrates a day in the life of an apartment building by showing activities going on in different units at various times between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Illustrates a day in the life of an apartment building by showing activities going on in different units at various times between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Kidnapped: Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate 3

Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1) Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2) Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3) Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4) When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!A fearsome encounter with enemy ships leads to a huge sea battle. When the smoke clears, Sam realises Charlie has vanished. Could his cre... read more

How to become an Undercover Pirate...1) Have a pirate captain as your ancient ancestor2) Find a message in a bottle and a magic gold doubloon3) Get whisked back in time to join a pirate crew4) When you get home DON'T TELL ANYONE. Remember - you're undercover!A fearsome encounter with enemy ships leads to a huge sea battle. When the smoke clears, Sam realises Charlie has vanished. Could his cre... read more

Leo has 3 reviews

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Penny Bustamante
Leo was awesome to work with. He offered great guidance during the process and his work was just beautiful! He really brought the story to life and captured exactly the look and feel I was looking for. I would definitely work with him again.

Penny Bustamante, July 2020

Leo Hartas
Thank you Penny, I loved working with too, it was fun and the book turned out great. I hope we can work together again.

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Kevin Kalu
Leo is very responsive and easy to communicate with. He adjusts his work according to the specifications of his client and is supportive in sharing the work afterwards. Would highly recommend

Kevin Kalu, May 2020

Leo Hartas
I really enjoyed working with Kevin. He had a clear vision for the project which we were able discuss openly to arrive at the finished cover.

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Terri Daneshyar
Working with Leo was a dream. He understood my brief and produced a top quality cover for my book. He was quick, professional and easy to work with. I highly recommend him.

Terri Daneshyar, November 2019

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