Ben Wood has been illustrating for publishers and design studios for many years. He has been a Booked Out speaker for nearly as long and enjoys creating books with students.
I was born in Melbourne, but grew up in the country in South Gippsland. I have lived in Bendigo, Melbourne and now live in Sydney.
I tend to be interested in illustrating stories that contain themes of ‘home’ and ‘being yourself’. I like characters in stories that are true to themselves. Australian identity and bushland are also favourite themes of mine.
In 2006 I was accepted into the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Mentorship Program. I was introduced to the big world of publishing and children’s book illustration. I even got a chance to work alongside award winning illustrator Roland Harvey.
Other than children’s picture books published in Australia, I have had illustrations appear in Dolly Magazine, and many other magazine publications. My books have been published in Australia, Canada and Asia.
I am passionate about animals, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series, dinosaurs, Muppets, fairy tales and silly monsters!
I have a twin brother so people mistake me for him all the time!
I have a Tyrannosaurus Rex in my studio.