22 new illustrators are now featured on the ASA Style File!
Applications opened for new illustrators wishing to be featured in September 2020. The latest round of ASA Style File submissions have been assessed and curated by our expert assessors Liz Anelli and James Foley. The assessor comments on the applications are below.
The new illustrators (in alphabetical order) are:
Samantha Campbell, Will Colenso, Gabriel Cunnett, Emma Damon, Margeaux Davis, Jennifer Goldsmith, Jenny Hale, Meg Hewick, Samantha Hughes, Cecilia Jin, Elena Leong, Sally (Sami) McInerney, Guy Morgan, Christopher Nielsen, Lara Porter, Polly Reid, Rebecca Stewart, Tam Teow, Dee Texidor, John Tiedemann, Julia Wakefield and Mark Wilson.
Browse the new illustrators today!
A varied level of submissions with some excellent and highly professional entries although a few portfolios lacked in basic requirements. There was a tendency towards static characters isolated within a white page, especially in the Children’s Book category. The good portfolios showed variety of viewpoint, sense of atmosphere and characters incorporated into a scene. Some contained strong drawing, distinctive style, confident digital media and, most lovely to discover, fun.
- Liz Anelli
There were many strong applications here. Most samples were for children’s illustration, but the approaches were vastly different. It’s great to see so many people interested in getting more illustration work, and I’m genuinely excited imagining the projects that the applicants could work on in future. It was interesting to see that a few applicants only submitted one or two styles, when their websites showed a wider range of work – sometimes even a higher standard of work than what they submitted. Perhaps some people felt they should only submit illustrations that were suitable for children’s illustration? Yes, most portfolios on the Style File feature children’s illustration, but there are many other categories too, some of which have hardly any entries at all.
- James Foley
Liz and husband Mario moved from England to NSW in 2012. From her Newcastle Studio Liz illustrates picture books and junior fiction titles that have attracted numerous awards. She is an Ambassador for reading with Books In Homes and reviews picture books for CBCA Reading Time. She serves on committees of CBCA and SCBWI and is an Executive Board Director at ASA.
Her picture books are: The Biscuit Maker, Dry to Dry, Maddie’s First Day, Ten Pound Pom, Grace and Katie, One Photo, Desert Lake, Howzat!
She also creates large illustrated maps that sell in stores and online at https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LizAnelliPrints
Liz’s work is collected and shown at contemporary and state galleries and libraries.
State Library of Western Australia ‘Ten Pound Pom’
She presents at schools, festivals and increasingly on-line.
Liz is represented by Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Literary Agency USA and by The Children’s Bookshop & Speakers Ink Speakers Agencies
James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017) and Gastronauts (2018) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The fourth in the series, Chickensaurus, will be published in late 2020. James also illustrates the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris. James contributed to Total Quack Up (2018) and Funny Bones (2019), both anthologies of funny stories with proceeds going to charity. His earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015), In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. The sequel to My Dead Bunny, There’s Something Weird About Lena, will be published in late 2020.
James is an ambassador for Books In Homes and Room To Read. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd. He comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts.