Stella Mongodi

Stella Mongodi – Designer

Whimsical, feathery and playful illustrator with a traditional flavour. Specialized in children's books, animals and starry skies.

Overview

Great illustrations are more than pretty pictures that frame a good story: they catch the eye of the reader, describe your world and characters. The illustrations often extend beyond your words to tell a story of their own. It’s like a pas de deux - a beautiful complex dance of two distinct entities that have to move as one.

It is creating this perfect mesh of picture and words that fuels my passion for illustrating children’s books.

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I've studied illustration and art for may years with renowned professionals such as Alessandra Cimatoribus, Anna Castagnoli, Carll Cneut and Stefano Moroni.​ I've worked on dozens of books now, fine tuning my abilities and skills with each of them.


I specialize in children's books illustrations.

I especially love those with animal characters and beautiful landscapes.


My images are all digital but they still have a "traditional media flavour" (I started as an oil painter after all!) characterized by a dreamy, feathery and playful style.


When I work side by side with author, I love to communicate a lot: a book is a great team effort and good teams, IMO, discuss and share ideas, doubts and enthusiasm.


What's included in my service?

- character design and colour palette selection

- thumbnail storyboarding: this is where ideas start to grow. It maps out how the text is broken up and how it will be portrayed in illustrations. This is the stage where we can discuss composition and flow of the story.

- more detailed storyboard and sketches (at this stage, we can agree on any modifications to the artwork without incurring additional time and cost)

- final digital images - RGB files (for online promotion and social media and eBook version) and CMYK (for printed version)

- cover design (including back cover of course)

- end papers design and any handwritten text (such as handwritten title)

- book design

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Nature
Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Poetry
Awards
  • 2021 Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Awards for best cover with "The Green Woolen Fedora"
  • 2022 Kirkus Starred Review for "there's an N on your nose"
  • 2022 Kirkus starred review for "Dance Stance"
Certifications
  • I am a full member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2012 — Present

Children's books illustration, decoration.

Portfolio

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I am the Tree

Bauer, Kelly

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Polar Berry

Gonterman, Doug

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
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Letting It All Go: A Collection of Poetry

Stengel, Swava

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
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There's an N on Your Nose

Canfield, Dennis

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
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Where Do Words Come From?

McMorran, Anthony

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
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Wilbur's Wish

Murphy, Paula BeBe

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
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Otis Has a Bad Day

Ensign, Rebecca

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Feeling Hopeful

Wippell, Laura

Illustration
Connecting the Stars

Stevenson, Deborah

Illustration
Capes are for Dads

Leigha Huggins

Illustration
Illustration
Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration
Cover Design Illustration
Celebrate Your Magic

Hyacinth, Jacqueline

Cover Design Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration
The Green Woolen Fedora

Deborah Stevenson

Lenny would do anything for his best friend Nora. Unfortunately, he's just broken her heart. He's not sure why her hat is so important to her, only that it is, and he accidentally lost it in t... read more
Cover Design Illustration

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Michelle K.

Michelle K.

Sep, 2023

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Stella is a wonder. Her beautiful and whimsical illustrations are thoughtful, clever and absolute fun. She cares about your project and pours love on each page. Stella took my story and created the most stunning illustrations and lovable characters. Their expressions and style make the book. My story is alive thanks to her. She met every deadline, was timely and professional in all aspects o...
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Ellen P.

Ellen P.

Oct, 2022

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Stella is incredible. She helped bring my book to life with her amazing talent, and created a masterpiece far beyond my expectations. She was friendly, reliable and very patient throughout our collaboration and put so much time and care into every page to make it perfect. I would highly recommend Stella, you won't regret it!
Erika R.

Erika R.

Jun, 2022

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I could not have asked for more out of an illustrator. Stella's illustrations were beautiful, she was in constant communication and provided updates. She met all her timelines, went above and beyond to help me figure out next steps, etc. she exceeded my expectations in every possible way. I want to write another book, just to work with her!
Lee W.

Lee W.

May, 2024

Stella is absolutely the best! I selected her to provide cover and layout editing for my recent book. It was the best choice I cold have possibly made! Not only is Stella a fantastic illustrator, her insights and design eye are just incredible. She is quick to respond to questions, able to implement changes immediately and skilled in offering suggestions that improve the overall results. It is ...
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Joe F.

Joe F.

May, 2024

Exceptional illustrations. Prompt. Collaborative. Highly recommended.

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