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 Edinburgh 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, acrylics 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

Traditionally 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 Bertoni editore - "Arrivano gli extraterrestri!"
2021 Puppy dogs & Ice-cream Books - "Capes are for dads"
coming soon May 2022 Ethicool Books "Where do butterflies go at night?"
coming soon June 2022 Skyhorse Publishing "Wally and Freya"
coming soon fall 2022 Ethicool Books "Connecting the stars"

Published with self publishing authors:
2021 Frog Prince Publishing - "The Green Woolen Fedora"
2021 Once Upon a Dance "Brielle's Birthday Ball" & "Belluna's Big Adventure in the sky"
2021 Jacqueline Hyacinth "Celebrate Your Magic" - illustration and book design
2021 Barbara Bain "The Monster that lives at our House" - illustration and book design
2021 Once Upon a Dance "Belluna's Big Adventure in the Sky" - illustration and book design
2022 Dennis Canfield "There's an N on your nose" - illustration and book design
coming soon May 2022 Terrel Lefferts "Dance stance" - illustration and book design
coming soon 2022 Heather Lean "The Little Alchemist"
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fashion & Textiles
Fiction
Classics
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 (over 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 (11 selected works)

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

Celebrate Your Magic

Hyacinth, Jacqueline, Mongodi, Stella Maris

Secret Santa Society

Kramer, S.R.

There's an N on Your Nose

Canfield, Dennis, Maris, Stella

Where Do Butterflies Go At Night?

Balsam, Jeanne, Mongodi, Stella

Wally & Freya (Restorative Justice for Kids)

Pointer, Lindsey, Mongodi, Stella

Capes are for Dads

Leigha Huggins, Stella Mongodi

Stella has 8 reviews

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Lauren Hovey Keomaka
Stella's illustrations are beyond my expectations, and I am thrilled to have worked with her. She was a godsend!

Lauren Hovey Keomaka, May 2022


Susanna Thornhill
Stella has been amazing to work with. She was professional, patient, positive, and very kind to me and my illustrator as we worked with her on our very first book. I highly recommend her design services!

Susanna Thornhill, March 2022


Rebecca Ensign
Stella was a joy to work with and I hope to work with her more in the future. She was wonderful in bringing my ideas to life and her illustrations are even better than I could have imagined.

Rebecca Ensign, March 2022


Patricia Allieri
I hit the lottery finding Stella! She is professional and a talented illustrator. Even though she’s miles away she always kept in touch. One of the easiest people I know to work with. If you have the chance, book her for you art. Wonderful, beautiful illustrations ! Patricia

Patricia Allieri, January 2022


Dennis Canfield
Stella produced beautiful illustrations that perfectly highlight my text. She also gave me much more than beautiful illustrations; she came up with a theme that tied our whole book together, and and put everything together in a print-ready and eBook ready package. She also made important suggestions that significantly improved the text of our project. Stella was also very accommodating and pati...
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Dennis Canfield, December 2021

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