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. 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 more than 20 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 now but they still have a "traditional media flavour" (I started as an oil painter after all!) characterized by a dreamy, feathery and still 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 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)
- book design

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Nature
Fiction
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 (over 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"
coming soon fall 2022 Ethicool Books "Connecting the stars"

Published with self publishing authors (illustration and design):
2021 "The Green Woolen Fedora"
2021 "Brielle's Birthday Ball" & "Belluna's Big Adventure in the sky"
2021 "Celebrate Your Magic"
2021 "The Monster that lives at our House"
2022 "There's an N on your nose"
2022 "Dance stance"
2022 "Wilbur's Wish"

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 15 reviews

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Toni House
Stella is wonderful. Her work is amazing and my little Woolly is adorable.

Toni House, December 2022


Ellen Paton
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!

Ellen Paton, October 2022


Patricia Allieri
Stella was such a pleasure to work with. Her beautiful illustrations added so much to my story—setting, character details, humor, emotional content, and even plot layers. I was surprised when I first saw her lovely sketches. My thoughts and view of my illustrations were very different compared to her vision. I embraced her creativity. What turned out to become the most whimsical beautiful illus...
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Patricia Allieri, October 2022


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

Stella Mongodi
Thank you so much Kelly, the pleasure was all mine, can't wait to finish the book together! :D

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