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Nathaniel Eckstrom

Nathaniel Eckstrom - NSW, Australia based illustrator

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.
When Neil Armstrong Was Young
When Neil Armstrong Was Young
Nathaniel Eckstrom illustrates a picture book about the early life of Neil Armstrong and his first inspirational air flight.
When Neil Armstrong Was Young
Ten Little Figs
Ten Little Figs
Nathaniel Eckstrom illustrates Rhiân Williams' 'Ten Little Figs' for Walker Books.
Ten Little Figs
A CBCA Nomination
A CBCA Nomination
Nathaniel Eckstrom's book; The Hole Idea is nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards.
A CBCA Nomination
French Specialities
French Specialities
Nathaniel Eckstrom works with Waitrose Food Magazine for a feature on celebrity chef Felicity Cloake.
French Specialities
Child Safety
Child Safety
The Arizona Department of Child Safety (AZDCS) ask Nathaniel Eckstrom to create a poster conveying their child safety message.
Child Safety
Hop Up & Jump Up
Hop Up & Jump Up
Nathaniel Eckstrom creates a fun-filled illustration for children's magazine Ladybug.
Hop Up & Jump Up
The Hole Idea
The Hole Idea
Written by Paul and Beth Macdonald, 'The Hole Idea' is a children's book affectionally illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom.
The Hole Idea
Book of the Year Nominations!
Book of the Year Nominations!
Nathaniel Eckstrom has two picture books nominated for Book of the Year in the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.
Book of the Year Nominations!
Bird on a Wire
Bird on a Wire
Nathaniel Eckstrom's latest book is due to be released in January
Bird on a Wire
DUCK!
DUCK!
A hilarious children's picture book illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom is released in Australia.
DUCK!
The Dress-Up Box
The Dress-Up Box
Nathaniel Eckstrom illustrates a children's book about the power of the imagination for Little Hare Books.
The Dress-Up Box
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