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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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Living Sustainably
Out in the current issue of Country Life Magazine, Alan Baker's imaginative machines are used in a spread on sustainability.
Festive Food in Literature
Alan Baker completes a festive food montage with a literary twist for Waitrose Weekend.
Purr-fect Poster
Alan Baker treats us to this paw-some cat poster.
Nursery Rhymes
Two fantastical double page spreads for Country Life Magazine are illustrated by Alan Baker.
Countdown
Alan Baker illustrates his way to Christmas Day with a Country Life advent calendar.
Eat British
Alan Baker produces two rich border illustrations for Country Life's feature on eating British.
An English Churchyard
Alan Baker's nature inspired churchyard is featured in the current Christmas edition of Country Life Magazine.
Blue Dog
Alan Baker illustrates for Louis De Berniere's 'Blue Dog', released on August 4th.
Red Dog, Blue Dog
Alan Baker brings alive Louis de Bernieres' book with his imaginative illustrations