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Nathaniel Eckstrom

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The ability to visualise gentle realms of fun and adventure has made Nathaniel Eckstrom one of Australia’s leading children’s illustrators, capable of taking his clients’ concepts and turning them into something imaginative, quirky and eye-catching.
For many artists the blank page is intimidating, but for the Sydney-based illustrator it offers a world of possibilities. The scenes he loves to create are playful, dreamlike places, filled with captivating little characters, each of which has a secret story to tell. Nathaniel enjoys traveling in Asia and has a huge collection of vinyl toys, art, music and picture books. He gets inspiration from bands like the B52s, the Cramps and Jane’s Addiction, as well as the artists Tim Biskup, Jeff Soto and Jay Ryan. After studying graphic design at the KvB College of Visual Communication in Sydney he began carving out his individual illustration style.

Approach

The textures and preliminary artwork for each of Nathaniel’s pieces are developed using natural media such as pencils and acrylic paints. After digitising these raw materials, he puts everything together in Photoshop to perfect both the composition and colour.

Style

With an earthy palette and tactile texturing, Nathaniel’s style is warm and playful, with a retro, dreamlike quality to it. Viewers can instantly relate to the universe he creates and its handmade feel.

Awards

2008 Create Awards – Best Illustration 2018 Children’s Book Council Australia – Notable Book award

Client list

Nathaniel has worked with Cadbury, Nestlé, Kraft Food, Walker Books, Hardie Grant Egmont, Scholastic Australia, ABC Music and Little Hare Publishing.
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Cartoon character of children running
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon children at the table
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Girl and boy illustration for children's book
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Capital Alphabets With Ants
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon Flamingos Fishing
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon illustration of whale and weasel
Nathaniel Eckstrom
CD Cover and Poster Art By Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Elephant in car
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Me & Moo Book Cover Design
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon boy and cow crossing the bridge
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Children's illustration of cow under the bed
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Boy and dog in bath
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Book Cover Artwork For Stubborn Stanley
Nathaniel Eckstrom
The Dress-Up Box Book Cover Art
Nathaniel Eckstrom
birds, seagull, hawk, duck
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Magazine Cover Design For Sydney's Child
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Child writing on blackboard
Nathaniel Eckstrom
French baker, cats
Nathaniel Eckstrom
French man, cafe, walking dog
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Boy in boat dreaming
Nathaniel Eckstrom
"A You’re Adorable" - Front Cover Art
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Flying Girl Illustration For Nestle Cerelac
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Children playing outside illustration
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Boy, Grandma and dog on boat
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Duck on farm
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Packaging Illustration For Cadbury Fingers Biscuit
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Kids together on bike
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon kid with chairs & wooden box
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Child holds fridge & books on his head
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Picture Book Illustration For Stubborn Stanley
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon character of giraffe and the goose
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Acrylic painting of duck and the horse snorted
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Book Cover Artwork By Sydney Based Illustrator
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon illustration of packing luggage on car roof
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Children's illustration of horse and duck
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Cartoon drawing of father and son in car
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
An illustration of father & son on the beach
Nathaniel Eckstrom
An illustration of cartoon duck flying
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Child looking out through the window
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Children's illustration of Kids playing on tree
Nathaniel Eckstrom
An Illustration For Nestle Cerelac Ad
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Kids retro art
Nathaniel Eckstrom
CD Cover & Booklet Design By Nathaniel Eckstrom
Nathaniel Eckstrom
Hush - A Piece of Quiet Book Cover Art
Nathaniel Eckstrom