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Alan Baker

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One of the UK’s leading children’s book illustrators, and a highly accomplished animator as well, Alan Baker brings realism, character and a true sense of narrative to the projects he works on. Throughout his career he has collected awards for his top-flight work. He’s written and illustrated over 40 books, and created dozens of animations for both commercial and broadcast clients.
The texture and tactility of the creatures Alan paints heighten their appeal, drawing viewers helplessly into the imaginary journeys he creates. Inspired by the hippy zeitgeist of the 1970s and the glorious heyday of fantasy illustration, Alan is a creative rover and explorer with vast experience and plenty of fascinating stories to tell – both real and imaginary – and clients love him because he’s fun to work with. He has a degree in Illustration from the University of Brighton, and has taught the subject as well.

Approach

Alan often works up his compositions on screen using Photoshop, then hand paints the various elements of the image, layering them together digitally at the end of the process. He’s strong conceptually, able to animate using puppets and stop motion as well as digitally.

Style

Though his subject matter is often fantastical, there’s a canny realism and high level of detail in Alan’s work. Skin, hair, fur and feathers are all deftly recreated whether they belong to a dragon or a dormouse.

Awards

1979 – Whitbread Award 1979 1984 – Benson & Hedges Illustration Awards Gold 1990 – Creative Circle Awards – Gold and Silver in Press Advertising 1992 – YES Award of Excellence

Client list

Some of Alan’s clients include The Guardian, The BBC, Kingfisher Books, Greys, Oxford University Press, World Wildlife Fund, Harrods, Penguin Random House and The Sunday Times.
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Skiers illustration by Alan Baker
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Middle east man and palace illustration by Alan Baker
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Girl in a garden - An illustration by Alan Baker
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Wildlife fantasy - An illustration by Alan Baker
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Hare behind gorse plants - illustration by Alan Baker
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Dragon on a hill illustration by Alan Baker
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countryside mice illustration
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Gin bottles illustration by Alan Baker
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Four seasons illustration by Alan Baker
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Food and Drinks illustration by Alan Baker
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Wine and Seafood illustration by Alan Baker
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Butterflies in frame - An illustration by Alan Baker
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Illustration of Farm animals
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Illustration of Icarus
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Illustration of biscuits  by Alan Baker
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Stoat animal illustration by Alan Baker
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Polar bear on wooden globe - An illustration by Alan Baker
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kingfisher Illustration
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Bulls and a cow pat illustration by Alan Baker
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Water animals illustration by Alan Baker
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Pinemartin pet illustration by Alan Baker
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Birds illustration by Alan Baker
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illustration of rabbits in paint pots
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Syrian Hamsters holding balloon illustration
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comic illustration of tortoise and hare race
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Alan just sent me the final versions of all my illustrations - I'm sooooooo thrilled with them! I had such a great experience working with Alan as well, he's brilliant, fast and it was really fun. I hope we can work together in the future.
Daintry, Author