Welcome to the ASA Style File
THE place to discover Australia’s best illustrators.
In the years since it was first launched, the Style File has built a reputation for being a respected source of talented illustrators, willing and able to take on a wide variety of commissions.
Thanks to the generosity of a grant from Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, however, we have been able to create a fresh new Style File, with a broader range of illustrators, along with a renewed commitment to do everything possible to secure them work, both in Australia and throughout the world.
So if you need anyone from an animator to a watercolourist and anyone in between, please look, linger and enjoy the wonderful work that is on display here and then make direct contact with the illustrator of your choice to sign them up for your new project. Uncertain how much to pay the illustrator? Please visit the ASA’s illustration Rates of Pay for guidance.
Welcome aboard — we hope you come back to visit us regularly.
P.S. If you’re an illustrator and would like to join the ASA Style File, please see submission guidelines under Submissions (above).
This site is an initiative of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). All illustrations on the site are copyright to the creators.
The ASA Style File is generously supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.
ASA Style File selectors
In order to showcase the best talent, you need a team of selectors who can curate the many applications that we receive and our thanks therefore go to the following team of experts:
In a career spanning over 30 years, Ann James has illustrated over 70 books. Since 1988, Ann and her partner Ann Haddon have run Books Illustrated in Melbourne, specialising in promoting picture books and their creators through exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She enjoys mentoring emerging illustrators and encouraging kids to be playful with art materials. Ann has been a director on the Board of the Australian Society of Authors since 1996. She is also a founding director on the Board of the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance whose primary initiative is the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation.
Erica Wagner has worked with books for most of her life, as a bookseller, editor and publisher. She is currently a publisher of books for children and young adults at Allen & Unwin and co-partner in the micro-publishing house, Twelve Panels Press. She began her publishing career with Penguin Books Australia, working with many of Australia’s finest writers and illustrators. After a decade she left Penguin to start up Silverfish, a new children’s list for Duffy & Snellgrove, which was subsequently acquired by Allen & Unwin where she has worked since 2000. In 1999 she was awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship – the first children’s book editor to receive this honour. Illustrated books and graphic novels are particular passions.
Kay Scarlett has been a publisher for 20 years. She started her career at Murdoch Books, where her highly awarded illustrated food and lifestyle list set a new benchmark for design, production values, and accessibility. After a stint as managing director of Weldon Owen, driving the transformation of a traditional non-fiction reference program for adults and children, she moved with parent company Bonnier to Melbourne to oversee both the Five Mile Press children’s list and adult non-fiction imprint. Her latest project was the launch of Echo Publishing, an adult non-fiction and fiction imprint which culminated in the launch of the international bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz just as Bonnier decided to exit the Australian market.
Mark is Head of Design at HarperCollins ANZ and President of the Australian Book Designers Association. Over the past decade he has worked in design and project management across theatre, film, television, events, advertising and animation, and been a guest speaker for the Small Press Network, RMIT, Emerging Writer’s Festival and the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Previous roles include Business Development Manager for Dumbo Feather magazine, and Design Manager for Hardie Grant Books.
Julie Ditrich is a writing and editing professional with complementary skills in marketing. The former publications manager of the Australian Society of Authors, she is a comic book writer with international sales of 270,000 copies for her works, and also the author of multiple biographies and corporate histories. She specialises in visual storytelling, self development, life stories, and corporate writing.
Christopher Sequeira is a writer, artist and editor specialising in the mystery, horror, science fiction, fantasy and superhero genres. His short stories have been published in the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia. He has written for many comic-book publishers including Marvel, Black House, DC, Boom Studios, and Dynamite.