- Book Covers / Single illustration work - Oct 2023
- Picture-books from -Mid MARCH 2024
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.
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.
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.
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.
- PDF Press Ready CMYK
- HR JPEG/ RGB (Suitable for website/marketing and ebook conversion)
Please note: I DO NOT provide EPUB Formats
- BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA in Art & Design
- BA HONS Fashion Design
- MA Visual Communication
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.
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
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.
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