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Alan Baker

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Inspired by T Rex, the hippy zeitgeist of the 1970s and the fantasy illustration style that went with it, Alan Baker has some amazing stories to tell. Once, he hitchhiked across Europe with just £35 in his pocket and ended up in Afghanistan. He’s also known to bury dishwashers and washing machines in his garden. These are true stories, but when it comes to fantasy illustration he has an imagination that’s second to none. His awards cabinet is full of honours to prove it.
Training When studying zoology didn’t pan out for Alan – he found himself drawing instead – he switched to illustration, and took a degree at what is now the University of Brighton. He graduated in 1976 and has been an illustrator ever since. Approach Some of Alan’s earliest memories involve colour, and how different shades react to the lighting conditions. Today, he 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. 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 Whitbread Award 1979 Benson & Hedges Illustration Awards Gold 1984 Creative Circle Awards 1990 Gold and Silver in Press Advertising YES Award of Excellence 1992 Children's Choices Award 1995 Children's Choices Award 1996

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