Monday, September 21, 2015

Day 234: Drawing Mr. Panda with Steve Antony

Steve Antony is an award winning, bestselling children's book writer and illustrator based in the Swindon, UK. His books are sold in the UK and around the world in countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, France, South Africa, Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia. His 2014 debut, THE QUEEN'S HAT, won the Oscar's First Book Prize. It was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for a clutch of awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Steve's other books include BETTY GOES BANANAS, which recently topped Taiwan's children's bestsellers, and PLEASE MR PANDA, which was was a London Times Pick of the Week and a Barnes & Noble Book of the Month. PLEASE MR PANDA was simultaneously read in 645 Barnes & Noble stores across the States on Jan 10th 2015. Books out this year include BETTY GOES BANANAS IN HER PYJAMAS, THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG and GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES.

Born in the UK and raised in New Mexico, Steve was the 'British kid that liked to draw'. After taking redundancy in 2010 from a call-centre, Steve decided to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a writer-illustrator by applying for place on the prestigious Children's Book Illustration MA course at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. 

Steve uses graphite, soft pencils and Photoshop for colouring. He normally sticks to a limited pallet, in part because of his red-green colourblindness. 

Steve is represented by Elizabeth Roy and is currently working on future books.

Don't forget to visit Steve's website!

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