Welcome to my website, I find Nature and people the biggest influence in my work and try to get as much character and expression into each piece of work as possible. Characters are the main subject of my work as I believe these can make and break a project.
I have been fortunate to win a few awards one being Red House Children's Book Award 2013 and have been shortlisted for a few as well. I will always try to refine my styles and push myself to improve, I have 3 styles without stretching it too far, that will hopefully appeal to a wide range of artistic and a comercial markets.
I have illustrated books for clients including: Random House UK and USA, Egmont, Caterpillar books, Hodder, Hachette, Usborne, Igloo, Franklin Watts, Hodder, Little Tiger Press, HarperCollins, Parragon, Simon Schulster UK and USA, Usborne, Scholastic, Innovative Kids and many more with a wide range of styles and media.
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The Bright AgencyStudio 102
250 York Road
London SW11 3SJ
From a young age I became interested in illustration and art, from doodles in my maths books, to the famous works of art. I still remember my first illustration that anyone saw. Seven years of age. It was at a chess competition, I did not excel at chess but there was an art competition too. I entered a rather odd funny looking Loch Ness monster and it won first prize!
Obviously I have moved on a little since then with a OND, HND and BA(hons) all in the arts. As soon as I left University I Started as a graphic designer for a advertising agency in Nottingham learning the ins and outs of graphics and corporate literature then moved to a printers as studio manager. This helped me understand the printing processes and I had a wide range of clients who required their briefs to be met at high standard and tight deadlines.
After this I then moved to a newspaper as studio manager where the team designed large corporate events marketing and running visual campaigns to promote the newspapers and magazines.
After the hetic world of newspapers I moved to a greeting card company as a product development manager where I created concepts and illustrations for the greeting card market and this is when I found my love of illustration again and went freelance into children’s books and illustration.
I thoroughly enjoy illustrating Children’s books. I find them funny and you can add slight adult humor too, this hopefully appeals to the adult purchaser. There is nothing more warming than seeing people enjoying and laughing at a published book that you have illustrated.
Nature and people are the biggest influence in my work and try to get as much character and expression into each piece of work as possible. Characters are the main subject of my work as I believe these can make and break a project. I have been fortunate to win a few awards and have been shortlisted for a few as well.
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I will always try to reinvent my styles, I have as many as possible without stretching it too far, as doing one style too long I find a little repetitive. So look out for some new styles in some new media other than digital, to be out soon, when they are perfected of course.
I have illustrated books for clients including:
Random House UK and USA, Egmont, Penguin, Caterpillar, Hodder, Hachette, Usborne, Igloo, Badger books, Franklin Watts, Piggy toes Press, Hodder, Little Tiger Press, HarperCollins, Parragon, Simon Schulster UK and USA, Usborne, Scholastic, Stripes, Harcourt and Innovative Kids and many more with a wide range of styles and media.
The Main goal for me is to write and illustrate a book of my own in the future and there are plenty of ideas in my brain waiting to be discovered.
SKETCHES & CHARACTERS
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
All prints are limited edition all will be signed and dated and numbered these come flat or rolled in post.
A range of books that I have illustrated that can be bought from here I will sign and personalise a message of your choice.
Original Artworks in a range of styles and sizes all signed and dated in a frame ready for shipping.
STORE - SIGNED BOOKS
By Lee Wildish
This is a Original Arcrilic painting on watercolour paper approx size 21cm x 30cm.
Frame Dimensions approx 30cm x 35cmDimensions
STORE - ORIGINALS
Video: Loraine Kelly
SPAGHETTI WITH THE YETIShortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize 2013
A boy called George who sets off on an adventure to find the Yeti armed with a tin of spaghetti. He isn't really sure what the Yeti looks like and so every time he meets a monster he thinks they are the Yeti and becomes more disheartened each time they reveal they aren't.The monsters all offer George advice on what the Yeti likes to eat but when he eventually gets to meet the elusive Yeti it turns out all he really wants to eat is spaghetti!
LEAVE ME ALONE Longlisted Kate Greenaway Children's book Awards 2013
A little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But this story's little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say. The next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away.
I’M NOT SCARED
I'm not scared of monsters, They don't frighten me. Even ones with scary eyes; I'd have them round for tea! Meet the bravest cast ever. He's not afraid of dreadful monsters, ugly beasts or icky creepy-crawlies! He's not a scaredy-cat! But who's that knocking at his door?
HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPATop 10 NY Times BestsellerIndie BestsellerSCBWI Crystral Kite Award Shortlisted Beehive Book Award
Written in a how-to style, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream), what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandad
LEAVE ME ALONE
it’s time for the KnitWits to move into their new home. After unpacking, they decide to celebrate with a housewarming party! How do they “warm up” their house? By wrapping it in blankets, of course! Then they “serve” snacks with a racket; and when it’s time to “ice” the cake, into the freezer it goes! After all the fun and excitement, the KnitWits are all tuckered out, and it’s bedtime for this tightly knit family.
SPOOKY SPOOKY HOUSEOverall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013
With a tantalizing storyline written by Andrew Weale that dares the reader to explore a monstrous mansion, this spooky new take on the classic Haunted House concept is completely engrossing. It is jam-packed with carefully designed pop-ups, and on the final page there is a terrific twist that will only be revealed when the AMAZING heat-sensitive ink is warmed up!
JACOB O’REILLY WANTS A PET
Like many young children, Jacob O'Reilly Wants A Pet. He'd love a dog. A cat would be great. Ooh, what about gerbils? Or an iguana? He's desperate for an animal to look after, but mum and dad don't fancy the idea. Then they suggest that he start a pet-sitting business, and all hell breaks loose...
CHARLIE'S SUPERHERO UNDERPANTSHillingdon Picture Book of the Year Award 2010Porthmouth Book Award 2010
On a wild and windy day all the washing blows away. Socks and vests, a woolly hat, and far worse than all of that - Charlie's Superhero Underpants! Disaster! Charlie sets off around the world to find them. He discovers a fine French Fox wearing sister Sophie's Socks, he finds a pair of llamas, wearing brother Ben's pyjamas...But Who has got Charlie's Superhero Underpants?
MUM AND DAD GLUEShortlisted Kate Greenaway Children's book Awards 2011
A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.
Video: Georges Laraqueon Bookaboo.
DANCING WITH THE DINOSAURS
Dancing with the Dinosaurs From a tango by a T. Rex to a line dance with Danny Ig, dinosaurs demonstrate their talents on Dancing with Dinosaurs, while the judges mysteriously disappear.
DRAGON STEWShortlisted and highly commended Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2011
Five bored Vikings set off looking for adventure...but when they come across a dragon, they are in for a BIG surprise...
BEARS BEARS BEARS
Ruby likes bears. So she puts up a sign inviting them to call. She isn't content with just one bear though - she wants more and more and more. But, as Ruby soon discovers, you can have too much of a good thing!
THE GRUNT & THE GROUCH(Series)
The Grunt and The Grouch are two of the most disgusting and badly-behaved trolls in the world - and the most fun! They keep bogies and ear wax in jars, they never ever have a bath, and they're always frightening old ladies...even if they don't mean to! This brand-new series of three-in-one storybooks will bring out the troll in all girls and boys!
HOW TO BABYSIT GRANDMA
It's a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you're guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. (Be sure to check out the sections on: How to keep a grandma busy; Things to do at the park; Possible places to sleep, and what to do once you're both snugly tucked in for the night.)
DON’T WAKE THE LION
It's a hot, lazy afternoon in the jungle and Lion is ready for a nap, but will the stomping, snapping, squabbling animals disturb his sleep? Watch out for the noisy pop-up surprise in this playful rhyming tale. Featuring an exciting noisy pop-up finale. Children will love the vibrant, lively illustrations by Lee Wildish. With a humorous rhyming text that is perfect for reading aloud
Meet Harriet Houdini, a young rabbit with lots of attitude, as she settles into life with her new family. Never destined to be a boring bunny, Harriet finds herself scouted by the producer of hit TV show Superpets and starts her career on the showbiz ladder. From daring backflips to thrilling escape attempts Harriet really is a Stunt Bunny extraordinaire!
THE GRUNT & THE GROUCH Hillingdon Picture
Book Award 2011
When the Grunt finds a party invitation on his doormat, he is furious: he hates Tuesdays, he hates visitors and he hates parties. But then he meets the Grouch... and things are never quite the same again.
MY FUNNY FAMILY (Series)
Mattie is nine years old and she worries about everything. Which isn't surprising. Because when you have a family as big and crazy as hers, there's always something to worry about. fortunately, reassurance is always close to hand in these stories about the lovable Butterfield clan.
USBORNE NOISY BOARD BOOKS (series)
Noisy creatures, they roar, bounce, crunch, giggle, burp, splutter, snore and whoop! Little children won t be able to resist pressing the sound buttons and copying the noises.
Do animals celebrate Valentine's Day? Nobody knows. But this funny little book imagines how some of them declare their love, affection, or friendship any day of the year."Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?" So asks one tail-thumping dog to another. Whereas a courting dolphin sings, "Come, leap with me and be my wife./You're the porpoise of my life." Ranging from dogs and cats and other pets to some you wouldn't want to pet, such as sharks and porcupines.