Stella Mongodi

Stella Mongodi - Designer

Edinburgh, UK

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

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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
Nature
Fiction
Classics
Middle Grade
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"

Work experience

Self employed illustrator

Self-employed
September, 2012 – Present (about 10 years)

Children's books illustration, decoration.

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"
May 2022 Ethicool Books "Where do butterflies go at night?"
June 2022 Skyhorse Publishing "Wally and Freya"
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"

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 12 reviews

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Paula Murphy
Stella is a wish come true. She is probably the most creative, talented and extraordinary person I have ever worked with. Her brilliance and patience with me, along with a sprinkling of silliness brought my story to life. I will never work with another illustrator. She was worth waiting for and I consider her a lifetime friend. Even though she lives on another continent, the time difference bet...
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Paula Murphy, July 2022


Kelly Bauer
I hired Stella to do a two page spread with character development and I was blown away! She nailed it! I love her style and she is a complete professional to work with. I am looking forward to our next project.

Kelly Bauer, July 2022


Erika Rizak
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!

Erika Rizak, June 2022


Nikki Estridge
Stella has been an absolute blessing! She is extremely knowledgeable, professional, kind and has made updates to my book while coaching me along the way (since this is my first book). I highly recommend Stella!

Nikki Estridge, June 2022


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

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