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Alan Baker FAV

Alan Baker

Overview

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

Client List

  • The Guardian
  • Harrods
  • WWF
  • Macmillan
  • Penguin
  • Greys
  • OUP
  • Radio Times
  • Sunday Times
countryside mice illustration
Mammals illustration by Alan Baker
illustration of rabbits in paint pots
Syrian Hamsters holding balloon illustration
Illustration of west indian boy playing in garden with humming bird, bee and iguana
kingfisher Illustration
Illustration of puma animal on rocks
Eagle,vulture,rhino illustration
comic illustration of tortoise and hare race
Sketch of hare women and children characters
mole in golf ground illustration
illustration of hamster painting
Hare behind gorse plants - illustration by Alan Baker

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