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Gabriel Evans

Author, Illustrator

Now taking bookings for 2020.

Gabriel Evans is an energetic children’s book illustrator and author of over twenty books – with two CBCA Notables for titles he has illustrated.

He is a dynamic and engaging speaker, giving interactive sessions on the art of creating picture books. He travels Australia talking to small people and big people.

Where were you born?

I was born in a scenic country town in Western Australia. I grew up surrounded by animals, trees and teapots.

What themes are recurring in your work?

The subject of friendship most frequently arises during my sketchbook brainstorming sessions. The interaction and tension between two characters and the resulting growth is an interesting concept to explore.

Dogs come a close second.

Where have your works been published?

Australia and the USA.

What are you passionate about?

Discovering new characters in my sketchbook and finding their voice.

Visiting schools and libraries and developing creative ideas with an enthusiastic audience.

Testimonials

We had three sessions with Gabriel ranging from Kinder to Year 6. The children and teachers were involved, attentive and enjoyed the hands on activity of being led into illustrating step by step. The results were impressive. Gabriel brought him expertise and humour and a genuine desire to engage with his audience. It was a very successful and inspiring day.

From the office staff down to the canteen ladies Gabriel impressed all he met in our school.

—-J Taylor, St Patrick's Primary School, 2019

“Gabriel was a warm and fun presenter who embraced the students and their illustration efforts. The manner in which he related his creative process when illustrating a book gave the students an insight into this field and was an inspirational springboard for them. His workshop was well planned and applied. Thanks Gabriel!”

—D. Bradley, Clare High School, SA

“Gabriel Evans was fantastic! That phrase was used a lot by both the students and the teachers. He had our students, from Kindergarten to Year 6, engaged and entertained for the entire session. He also gave them amazing tips on where to get ideas from, how to develop them and on how important it is to keep trying to improve them. With that advice in mind and with the drawings they produced with Gabriel, teachers said the students were very keen and excited to start their own narratives. Thank you Gabriel for sparking such enthusiasm for writing and drawing!”

—L. Rodocchia, St Mary's Primary School, NSW

“I’d just like to express how happy we were with Gabriel as a presenter. His enthusiasm and talent kept our year 9 students completely engaged for the whole 90mins It was great for them to hear Gabriel talk so honestly about how to persevere in a challenging industry. I was particularly impressed with the workshop component. It was great seeing the students get so involved and it tied in so perfectly with our illustration unit this term. I hope we can get Gabriel back again next year!”

—A. Welyczko, Macarthur Anglican School, NSW

“Just want to tell you how much the 139 students kindergarten to year 6 enjoyed Gabriel’s talk! They were enthusiastic and listened and learnt and became motivated to illustrate. One hour was a great length of time and it had drawing, talking, movement and imagination involved in the presentation. Thanks heaps! Hopefully we’ll get some illustrators out of his visor to The Scots School Albury.”

—K. Zerbst, The Scot's School, Albury NSW

“On Monday 23 October 2017, 60 Visual Art students from across the Grades had the opportunity to participate in a workshop conducted by a children’s book illustrator Gabriel Evans. Gabriel has illustrated over 18 books and has worked for major publishers including Walker Books Australia, The Five Mile Press and Koala Books. Gabriel passed on his vast knowledge and professional experience to students through interactive activities that focussed on the process of designing a character, the tools in creating a page spread, portraying the emotional body language of characters and training the eye in composition. Gabriel’s presentation methods were engaging, motivational and inspirational.”

—Wynyard High School, October 2017

“Gabriel’s presentation was polished and he got through everything he wanted in the hour. Giving a publisher pitch to the kids was a great idea – it got them drawing, and gave a real (simplified) idea of what it’s like to work as an illustrator – the rejections, the processes, some tips and tricks, some of the lingo. He gave them deadlines (one or two minutes) and got them to add settings and backgrounds.”

—The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing, and Ideas, VIC

“Gabriel was very engaging and charismatic. Children were inspired. Even children who hate art were enthusiastic to be involved. Story planning content was very beneficial to engage children in writing. Fantastic work! Excellent.”

—Baler Primary School, Port Hedland, WA

“With over 260 students, ranging from years 1 – 4, Gabriel expertly explained to the students his craft. He presented at a level that all the students could understand and they were all keen to listen intently.”

—Margaret River Primary School, WA

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