Stephen Stone

Stephen Stone – Designer

Picture- Book Illustrator & Designer. Specialising in character led stories with humour and whimsy. See profile for availability.

Overview

AVAILABILITY

LATE JUNE/JULY ONWARDS 2024


BACKGROUND

Hello my name is Steve. I was born in the North East of England where we are known affectionately as San-dancers. I now live and work in Derbyshire with my soulmate Claire.

My creative career began after I completed a degree in Fashion Design, working as a designer for children’s and corporate wear companies. After a short while I took another direction and became a university lecturer for 12 years, teaching fashion design and visual communication to post and undergraduate students. During this time I completed a Masters in Visual Communication, specialising in Narrative Illustration.


ETHOS

Having worked with many mainstream publishers, editors, art buyers and book designers. Branching out into the independent publishing market has been an important additional step to take as an Illustrator; seeing it as a progression, a journey into a changing world that sees individuals working more closely together. There is a strong desire to connect on a personal level, to offer and share my professional and honed skills in art direction.


APPROACH/TECHNIQUE

Creating memorable character design is at the heart of my work with a passion to capture the essence of an authors words. I embrace all kinds of subject matter, it may be an emotive story that requires a sensitive approach or full of humour, in which my characters take on an animated look - adding an extra dimension to a story.

I make use of hand drawn line-work in both ink and pencil, along with hand-painted textures and washes that are combined and coloured digitally.

Colour in particular is a passion and my design experience allows me to balance many different palettes in my work. I also illustrate in black and white which is suitable for YA Fiction.


PROCESS

I illustrate and design the complete book ready for publishing.

For standard 24/32 page picture-books I send out a PDF pack outlining a visual of my full working process along with price structures and scheduling. I also provide bespoke quotes for individual illustration, cover design and character design.


I do not accept requests that have religious or moralistic themes.



FORMATS PROVIDED:

- PDF Press Ready CMYK

- HR JPEG/ RGB (Suitable for website/marketing and ebook conversion)

Please note: I DO NOT provide EPUB Formats

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Picture Books
Languages
English
Certifications
  • BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA in Art & Design
  • BA HONS Fashion Design
  • MA Visual Communication

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2011 — Present

Areas of specialism are Picture-Books and Character Design. With over 30 books published and a growing client list; Steve's work is constantly evolving and responds to an exciting and broad range of briefs for both commercial and contemporary markets.

Clients Include:
Charlesbridge Publishing / Little Island Books/ Harper Collins / Oxford University Press (UK/AUS/NZ) / Five Mile Press / Dinardo Design / Heinemann / Maverick Publishing / Franklin Watts (Hatchette Childrens Books) / Pearson Education / Igloo / Bien House/ Bonnier Publishing / Miles Kelly / Benchmark / Ivy Press / Top That Publishing / Parragon / FreckleBox

BCU

Apr, 1999 — Mar, 2011 (almost 12 years)

Course Director/ Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Teaching and delivering across all 3 levels.
- Pathway Leader for Fashion Communication - Subjects - Fashion Illustration, Promotion, Styling, Graphics and Fashion Trends.

Portfolio

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
The Bouncing Ant

Sunflower, Sally

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Where's the World?

Stradi, Gavin

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Illustration
Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
The Poopicorn

Whiton, Hilary

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Bear Has Bugs

Sunflower, Sally

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Illustration
Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Illustration
Illustration
Illustration
Illustration
Illustration

Stephen has 13 reviews

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paige W.

paige W.

Jun, 2023

Yes, yes, yes, Hire Stephen. Really can't say enough good things about him. He clearly has a great work ethic and the quality of his illustrations far exceeded expectation. On top of that he is kind and responsive which made the whole process easy and fun. My uncle and I looked forward to his messages and followed the progress of the project with joy knowing we were in good hands.
Stephen S.
Thank you very much for your trust and value, Paige, It was an absolute pleasure working with you and Ted on this rewarding project. You have done a wonderful thing for your Uncle. And I’m proud t...
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Carol W.

Carol W.

May, 2023

Working with Steve has been a WONDERFUL experience. His guidance and expertise have been invaluable. The design, layout, and final outcome was amazing. I would love to work with him again!
Debi K F.

Debi K F.

Apr, 2023

Working with Stephen on my first children's book has been an absolute dream! He is incredibly talented, and the way he brings each character to life in such an individual and distinct way is a joy to watch. He is not only a total professional, delivering fantastic results, but he delivers them on time. He is also super friendly and very helpful. I cannot recommend him enough.
Stephen S.
Thank you so much Debi. It was a blast illustrating your book. You put your complete trust in me and I always shine when that happens!
Clive S.

Clive S.

Feb, 2023

Collaboration with Steve was a joy! I've had the privilege of working with him on my first story; he extended so much grace for me throughout the entire process. His imagination, ideas for illustrations and thoroughness are second to none. Steve understood the vision for Aunt Wendy and the Trends from the start and amplified the story to its highest form. I am extremely happy with our finish...
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Stephen S.
Thank you so much Clive. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and with Wendy and her Trends! You instilled a sense of trust from the outset and in turn inspired the best in me and my skills...
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Seth G.

Seth G.

Dec, 2022

I wrote a book which I wanted to have a kids book feel, but with a warped adult sensibility to it. After looking around at several illustrators on Reedsy, I came across Stephen's profile. I saw that he did a lot of work for children's books, and his artwork had a captivating, distinctive style. I knew right away he had the talent to do the job for me. I just wondered if he could illustrate a bo...
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Stephen S.
Hey Seth, Thanks for the fab review. May your first outing be filled with the sunshine of success!

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