Throwback Thursday - Simon Abbott Feb 14 2019Meet the artists
It's Throwback time! This week's Throwback Thursday feature is the wonderful and whimsical Simon Abbott! Simon has been a part of the Advocate agency since 1999! It's been great to see Simon's style develop over the years through all the great projects he has been a part of. Simon's quirky characters, bright, bold colour palettes and detailed illustrations make his work well suited to Children's Publishing, especially for readers aged 0-5. Whilst he's been represented by Advocate, Simon has worked within Art Licensing, creating designs for juvenile greeting's card in addition to children's books.
We spoke with Simon and found out what it's been like working with us, and what his first experiences were like. Have a read through the Q&A below and enjoy the images above. If you want to see more of Simon's playful artwork, check out his online Advocate portfolio.
1. First Image you sent to Advocate, and was there a story behind it?
This was a colourful depiction of a cat…I now have a ginger cat just like this one, called Sheila!
2. First design of yours to sell - what design was it and who was it to?
This was a range of four Christmas cards, for Hallmark Cards…all with a transport theme!
3. First live commission from a client; who was the client and what was the project?
The “I Can Draw” series was great fun to work on, for Macmillan Kingfisher. The books had a wipe clean surface and a special pen, for children to practise their sketches again and again.
4. First time you knew you wanted to be an Illustrator - an image, a person, an exhibition etc.?
I was 12 years old, when Kate Bush's Never for Ever album was released. I used to look at this album cover for hours, with its incredibly detailed illustrated magical creatures. Some fantastic art teachers helped along the way too!
5. First Sample you received with your designs on - do you have an image of these and what were they for?
I loved when the samples for the Noisy Pops range, published by Tango Books popped through the door. My nephew George was delighted at the time…he said “At last! You've drawn something with wheels!”.
6. First time you were proud of a piece of artwork, what was it and why?
I was really happy with this Marie Antoinette piece. It combines my two great loves…history and cake!
7. Back to the Present - what are you working on now?
I have just completed the next 2 titles in the “100 Questions About…” range of books, covering sharks and the human body. I came up with the “100 Questions' series to try and develop a range of fun and informative non-fiction titles for children. Developed with Collaborate, these books have been published by the wonderful Peter Pauper Press, and I have loved every minute of writing and illustrating these titles.