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Sholto Walker

Sholto Walker - International children's book illustrator. UK

Drawing quickly and expressively with a traditional ink pen, British children’s illustrator Sholto Walker transfers all the energy and emotion of his approach directly into the colourful characters he creates. From his languid line work to frenetically scratched-in detail, there’s an immediacy to his work that instantly engages the viewer and pulls them into the story he’s illustrating.
Now based in a village just outside Bath, Sholto grew up in Southend-on-Sea in Essex, just 100 yards from the beach. He cites a varied range of artists as influences including John Bellany, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, Paula Rego, Stanley Spencer and William Hogarth, as well as cartoonists like Hergé and Gerald Scarfe.

Approach

Drawing in pencil on paper is where it always starts. Sholto began illustrating in watercolour, coloured pencils and ink. More often now his inked drawings are scanned and coloured using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Style

Expressive, immediate and witty, Sholto’s work has its own unique, fun character to it. The look can range from cartoony to a 19th century illustration style. While drawing, he always imagines the person viewing the image at an individual level rather than as a ‘market’.

Awards

2013 – Chocolate Lily Award (Canada) 2012 – IPA Best of Health – Silver in Consumer Mixed Media Campaign 2012 – IPA Best of Health – Silver in Direct to Consumer, Integrated Mixed media Campaign

Client list

Sholto has a client list that includes Macmillan, Random House, the BBC, Langland Advertising, Kodak, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Times, Annick Press and Egmont Books.
The Paninis of Pompeii is Out!
The Paninis of Pompeii is Out!
Egmont Books publish Andy Stanton's 'The Paninis of Pompeii' illustrated by the brilliant Sholto Walker.
The Paninis of Pompeii is Out!
The Paninis of Pompeii
The Paninis of Pompeii
Sholto Walker is excited about the forthcoming release of Andy Stanton’s The Paninis of Pompeii.
The Paninis of Pompeii
Twas the NightCap Before Christmas
Twas the NightCap Before Christmas
Sholto Walker illustrates a comedy twist on the classic Nineteenth Century Christmas poem.
Twas the NightCap Before Christmas
Where the Wild Dads Went
Where the Wild Dads Went
'Where the Wild Dads Went' is the latest in Katie Blackburn’s brilliantly humorous adults’ version of Maurice Sendak’s 'Where the Wild Things Are', illustrated by Sholto Walker.
Where the Wild Dads Went
Bingley Bongley
Bingley Bongley
Sholto Walker develops the character and illustrates the children's story Bingley Bongley.
Bingley Bongley
Illustrator Profile - Sholto Walker
Illustrator Profile - Sholto Walker
Sholto Walker draws with energetic & immediate lines creating characterful illustrations.
Illustrator Profile - Sholto Walker
Balthazar Fabuloso In the Lair of the Humbugs
Balthazar Fabuloso In the Lair of the Humbugs
Holiday House Publishers commission Sholto Walker to illustrate Iona Brindle's latest comic, adventure & fantasy story.
Balthazar Fabuloso In the Lair of the Humbugs
Where the Wild Mums Are
Where the Wild Mums Are
Where the Wild Mums Are
How to Slay a Werewolf
How to Slay a Werewolf
How to Slay a Werewolf
Cerebral Palsy Campaign
Cerebral Palsy Campaign
Cerebral Palsy Campaign
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