Chris Riddell, OBE, born in 1962, is a well known children’s book illustrator, who has illustrated many novels such as The Edge Chronicles, Ottoline, Goth Girl and more, many of which he has written himself. As a child he showed artistic talent from a young age and was inspired by the work of sir John Tenniel. He illustrates books for a range of ages, from very young to teen. He uses a range of media to create his drawings, such as pencil, fine-liner, ink, watercolour and charcoal. Some of his achievements include three Kate Greenaway medals and the British librarians’ annual award for the best-illustrated children’s book.
Using Twitter and instagram, he promotes his work through videos and posts regularly and has amassed a large following. He also uses periscope, an app which allows you to host live videos, which he uses to show his followers how he sketches and occasionally answers questions. Sometimes he creates competitions on his social media platforms, such as ‘design your own monster’.
One of his more unique ways of promoting himself is by drawing on paper bags during train journeys and leaving them on the train for the next person to find.
He also does guest lectures at universities as well as book signings at book stores across the country. As well as doing children’s book illustrations, he also does political cartoons for the observer and protest art for causes such as keeping libraries open.