Lee Wildish – Overall Winner, Red House Children’s Book Award 2013!!
The Spooky Spooky House, published by Random House, illustrated by Lee Wildish, won the younger children’s group and then went on to win the entire competition.
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Have a look on what Lee had to say about being nominated for this award and how he made his journey into illustration.
Lee Wildish has been with Bright for nearly 10 years and has worked on a wide variety of children’s publishing.
Having come from an art director’s background in advertising and stationery, Lee started his freelance illustration career in commercial activity and novelty books. Lee’s style and energy evolved and his distinctive characters burst out onto the scene. Lee loves to bring humour to his work and will often bring a new layer of story to a great text – whether it’s a ladybird flicking water in the foreground or birds in the trees having a ‘flap and banter,’ there is always so much to look at when enjoying reading one of Lee’s picture books.
What makes Lee unique is that he was one of the first artists to move into trade publishing with a digital style. His work defined the period in which we crossed over; having the painted quality and texture of real art but also the fresh vibrant qualities of digital illustration. This persuaded publishers to take the leap of faith!
Lee developed a really wonderful working method that allowed him to get the character and spontaneity into his work and make rapid changes which impressed publishers in his ease and direct way of working. His style also works across many platforms and age groups. His line and detail allows him to work on a range of briefs – he has two successful fiction series with lively animated black and white line work as well as many trade picture books. Lee’s style also travels; he has been commissioned and won awards directly with publishers in the USA and Australia as well as a successful co-edition history in his UK picture books.
Lee is one of Bright’s original and brightest stars, we are excited to build on even more opportunities as Lee’s work is being recognised and awarded in our industry.
Here are some of Lee’s other fantastic books