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T.S Spookytooth

T.S Spookytooth - Award winning children's illustrator. London

Dark, mysterious and highly talented, TS Spookytooth is an award-winning children’s illustrator who produces work that is one part scary, one part funny and 100 per cent engaging. And even though nobody has ever seen TS in the flesh, clients still find the elusive artist easy to collaborate with, full of creative ideas and focused on meeting their deadlines.
As well as a slew of awards after his name, TS has vast experience in the industry, working for a range of publishing companies and international brands. It’s not all ghosts and monsters either – his educational work breaks new ground. Some of TS’s influences include Edward Gorey, Lane Smith and Shaun Tan.

Approach

TS develops his images from thumbnail sketches, working out a composition before going to larger scale drawings. When he has something that works, he’ll fine tune things with his client before proceeding to a finished rough, followed by the colouring phase using paints, brushes and a dash of Photoshop to make things pop.

Style

The dark and spooky side of TS Spookytooth’s style is what children find so thrilling, yet he always provides those vital elements of charming characters, strong visual storytelling and a touch of humour in each project he works on.

Awards

2015 Utah Beehive Book Award 2015 Bank Street College Awards – Children’s Book of the Year 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books – Children’s Picture Book Award 2017 Bank Street College Awards – Children’s Book of the Year 2017 Monarch Award Master List 2019 Cook Prize – Finalist

Client list

TS has worked for clients including Lerner Publications, HarperCollins, Nestlé, Sourcebooks, Templar Publications, Oxford University Press and Bloomsbury.
Refreshing, quirky and professional. Mr Spookytooth has been a pleasure to work with.
Andy Barnard, Langland
T.S Spookytooth produced an incredibly high standard of work for his contribution to The GOSH Monsters Book…. a complete pleasure to work with.
Clark Beecroft, GOSHMonstersBook.com
Mr Spookytooth has a distinctive style, a quirky imagination and the ability to convey emotion with the simplest of lines. He really brought our manuscript to life, with warmth, humour, and sensitivity to the peculiarities of our brief.
Jeremy Williams, SGM Lifewords
T.S Spookytooth is a pleasure to work with. He’s creative, flexible, and always willing to go the extra mile to make every illustration as good as it can be.
Carol Hinz, Lerner Books
Spookytooth's unique art grabs you instantly and has you turning the page desperate for more.
MacKenzie Cadenhead, Author of ‘Sally’s Bones'
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