Liz is a busy freelance illustrator, graphic designer and art teacher. Her drawings and watercolours have enhanced many government publications over the years, especially those designed to deliver health, community and environmental messages to parents and children.
Four years ago, Liz sea-changed from inner Melbourne to coastal Victoria. Now when she's not working, she loves to hang about with her partner John and their 4 cheeky children - Hazel, Rosie, Sandy and Poppy - chasing sea breezes, gulping fresh air and avoiding freckles.
Happy Pants is Liz's first hardcover children's picture book.
For more information visit: www.lizmcgrath.com.au
Henry is one of the principal creatives at Taste Media. He is a young and vibrant designer, animator & film maker. His work ranges from beautifully crafted claymation films & hand drawn animations to stunning illustrations and design.
Lesley studied at the College of Fine Arts, receiving a distinction and animation honour in their Bachelor of Digital media degree.
She spent the next year in Los Angeles gaining experience and is now working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, spending time both in Australia and abroad to help inspire her creativity.
Lesley is the illustrator of The Anything Shop.
Leigh Hedstrom, also known as Flee, is a Sydney based freelance illustrator with an education in Fine Arts.
She lives in an 'arty' household with husband Ben Hedstrom (art teacher, painter and recent Archibald Prize finalist) and their five year old son, James.
With over ten years of experience illustrating for educational and children’s media, Leigh specialises in the creation of appealing characters for print, web, animation and advertising.
Marty's Nut-Free Party marks Leigh's first venture into hardcover picture books. She is also the illustrator of When I See Grandma, Emily Eases her Wheezes and Ruby Wishfingers.
After a career in Nursing, Lois is now a full time artist and illustrator. Her large bird paintings are sold from Bruny Island, Tasmania, and are in private collections around the world.
She is self-taught and lives south of Hobart, overlooking the Derwent River. Instead of retiring like her husband, Graham, Lois has started a new career in illustrating and Annabel's Dance is her first venture into picture books.
Easily distracted by a new grandson, Lois also loves walking, cooking, family times and has a new West Highland White puppy.
Ann-Marie Finn is an illustrator and author of children's books. She lives in Brisbane with her two young boys who inspire new stories and ideas every day. She started her career in the UK, but migrated to warmer climates in 2007 and is now a happy Australian and proud owner of The Mad Hatters Bookshop in Manly, Queensland. She has a growing collection of children's books to her name, including A Trip to the Moon, Captain Kieron and I Despair of my Hair. She is also the illustrator of Lulu and My Brother Tom with Wombat Books.
Krista is a freelance illustrator, fine artist, art teacher and stained glass artist who lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and mischievous cat. She primarily uses traditional methods for her art, including watercolour, ink and oils. Krista's art has been featured in books, card games, exhibitions and competitions, but she enjoys using her pictures to tell stories most of all.
Arhcie Appleby: The Terrible Case of the Creeps is her first illustrated book with Wombat Books.
Helene Magisson started her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris, where she was also trained in the art of medieval illumination. She has been living in different countries, including Africa, France and India, and finally settled down in Australia. She ended up understanding that the easiest way to reach people's mind is with her pencils and brushes.
She has illustrated several books including The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco. The Whirlpool is her first book with Wombat Books. Helene is an award winning illustrator (first prize CYA conference 2013).
Claire is a South Australian illustrator who started out in experimental painting. Her favourite technique is layering watercolour over crayon, pencil and ink. Her recipe for making picture book illustrations involves acting out the poses, drawing on the computer and mountains of storyboards.
Imagine We Were by Renee Bennett was an opportunity to draw clouds and be a bit more graphic and stylised in her design. Since finishing her art studies in 2004 Claire has illustrated half a dozen books and created a range of quirky cards.
Claire has presented to kindergartens through to year 12s. She can share her own artwork and techniques but the focus of her workshops is the possibilities of students' own creativity. Find out more...
Shannon is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and community art teacher from Perth. She has illustrated the following books: My Arms Your Legs (Blake Education) by Kim Rackham, Matilda’s Morning Adventures and Choose Active Transport: A Teacher’s Resource (Physical Activity Taskforce, 2010) by Kim Chute.
She has illustrated a number of Wombat Books titles including Little Good Wolf by Aleesah Darlison, Boondaburra by Natalie Lonsdale, Coming Home, by Sharon McGuinness and Little Meerkat by Aleesah Darlison.
When she is not working Shannon loves walking with her husband, Ninian, Dora explorer Jaya, and sheep rounder Hugo.
Sandra Temple has been a professional artist, illustrator and author for more than thirty years. She has travelled extensively with her art, gaining insights into her special interest, the world’s endangered species, although she paints all subjects in all mediums.
The winner of many prestigious awards both in Australia and overseas, including UK Wildscape magazine Winner Wildlife Artist of the Year 2009(professional), Runner-up Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008 (professional), a gold medal at the Wildlife Art Society UK exhibition in Bristol and People’s Choice Awards in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2000. Sandra has paintings in private, corporate and government collections nationally and internationally. She holds classes in all mediums and is in demand as a workshop tutor in Australia and overseas.
More information can be found on Sandra’s website.
Sandra Temple is the illustrator of:
- Nerrilee's World
- Puggle's Problem
- Terry: Adventures of a Terek Sandpiper
- The Bedtime Band
- Marlo can fly
- Cover artist for: Jade and El-Sea
- Possum Games
Sandra is available for art, craft and illustration workshops for children from Grade 2 to Grade 12, ranging from “make your own critter” to “conservation and wildlife art”. Find out more...
Robert Ingpen has been a leading Australian illustrator for over forty years, and is published throughout the world.
He was the first Australian to win the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, in 1968, and in 1989 he received the prestigious Dromkeen Medal for services to children's literature.
He illustrated Mustara.
Sarah received a BA Honours Degree in graphic design at Teesside University and then gained a PGCE in teaching art and design.
After several years of teaching she was involved in a car accident and decided to follow her dreams and become a freelance illustrator.
Working part time for a couple of years she plucked up the courage to quit teaching and become a full time freelance illustrator and has illustrated several picture books as well as illustrations for magazines, greetings cards and character designs for products and even life-size mascots.
Spider Iggy is Sarah Jane's first venture into hardcover picture books.
Sarah believes life is too short to just dream!
Jemima is a Sydney-based artist and illustrator who enjoys riding her bicycle. Like many illustrators she was born holding a pencil and uses it frequently to bring words to life.
She decided to make a career out of her passion, and in 2012, after five years at the College of Fine Arts and the University of NSW, she emerged with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with honours), a Bachelor of Arts (a combined degree) and the ability to converse in French.
Same by Katrina Roe, is her first book with Wombat Books. Prior to this, Jemima illustrated Wonderfully Madison (2013 – winner of the children's book category in the Caleb awards that year) and Fearlessly Madison (2014) by Penny Reeve (published by Youthworks Media). She is also the illustrator of the short comic, A friend in need, by Karen Bielharz (part of the self-published Kinds of Blue anthology, 2011), and is the linework artist for the short animation Money Tree (2011), written and directed by Hawanatu Bangura.