Stella Mongodi

Stella Mongodi - Designer

Edinburgh, UK

Imaginative, funny and traditional-flavored illustrator. Specialized in children's books, animals, starry skies and colorful pictures.

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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 (are they blonde? Black? Do they like cats or dogs? What are they wearing? What kind of house do they live in?). 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.

I must say, it’s also great fun.


I was born in Italy but I've recently moved to London to pursue my illustrator career dream.
I graduated in Ancient theatre and used to work as a teacher while studying art and illustration with renowned professionals such as Alessandra Cimatoribus, Anna Castagnoli, Carll Cneut and Stefano Moroni.​

I started with oil colors, acrilycs and watercolors, until I fell in love with Procreate and digital illustration, but I think my images still have a "traditional media flavour" characterized by a dreamy, feathery and still playful style.

I specialize in children's books illustrations.
I especially love those with animal characters and beautiful landscapes.

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 color 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), if applicable
Published books:
2019 Terra Nuova editore - "A lezione di qui e ora"
2020 Ethicool Books - "Watermelon Pip"
2020 Orto della cultura - "Siamo stelle/We are stars"
april 2021 Frog Prince Publishing - "The Green Woolen Fedora"
june 2021 Bertoni editore - "Arrivano gli extraterrestri!"
coming soon 2021 Puppy dogs & Icecream Books - "Capes are for dads"
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fashion & Textiles
Fiction
Classics
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Awards

  • 2021 Finalist Next Generation Indie Book Awards for best cover with "The Green Woolen Fedora"

Work experience

Self employed illustrator

Self-employed
September, 2012 – Present (almost 9 years)

Children's books illustration, decoration.

Published books:
2019 Terra Nuova editore - "A lezione di qui e ora"
2020 Ethicool Books - "Watermelon Pip"
2020 Orto della cultura - "Siamo stelle/We are stars"
2021 (spring) Frog Prince Publishing - "The green woolen fedora"
2021 (summer) Bertoni editore - "Arrivano gli extraterrestri!"

Portfolio (1 selected work)

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 the wind. Now a river rat has found a surprising use for the fedora, and she refuses to part with it. She's one stubborn negotiator and, somehow, Lenny must find a way to convince her to give back Nora's c... read more

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 the wind. Now a river rat has found a surprising use for the fedora, and she refuses to part with it. She's one stubborn negotiator and, somehow, Lenny must find a way to convince her to give back Nora's c... read more

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