Meet Andy Elkerton, Illustrator Extraordinaire

Illustration by Andy Elkerton

Allow me to introduce you to an uber-talented British children’s book illustrator, Mr. Andy Elkerton. By chance I came to associate with this artist through my husband’s snark-filled movie review podcast, Everyone’s A Critic (shameless plug) – as Andy is a listener and interacts with the EAC “community”. An ironic clash between hard-edged podcast content and the illustrations that whisper delicately of knights in armor, apes wearing bras, frogs eating cake and other imaginative visual delicacies.

I had a chance to shop-talk a little with Andy about his stellar work. From initial glances, the illustrations look amazingly smooth with airbrush qualities. This is because he creates them digitally, using a Wacom to do the virual drawings. Andy has a rich history of working in the field of creating computer-generated images. 

These samples are compressed but I HIGHLY recommend that you check out the full size and high def versions of his amazing showcase at his website

Illustration by Andy Elkerton

Illustration by Andy Elkerton
Though the mood of the content is quite opposite of the art I do, this type of work has my utmost respect; it is so lovely and innocent, it helps foster imaginations and forge memories for the children who enjoy his books. I can recall absolutely wearing out some of my books as a kid as I couldn’t get enough of the illustrations and alluring form of storytelling. Characters come to life, endure humorous situations and help teach values. The developing minds of children will always benefit from the talents of such illustrators as Andy.

If you have kids, I think they would love to look at the fabulous images in these books. And you just might, too! list of the children’s books that Andy  has illustrated.


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