Author & Illustrator
Gabriel is an illustrator and author of picture books.
He has worked with acclaimed Australian and USA authors and has received two CBCA Notable Books of the Year and shortlisted twice in the Speech Pathology award.
Gabriel is an energetic and interactive presenter visiting schools and libraries from Australian capital cities to remote community schools in the Pilbara and the Kimberley.
He works from a studio near a river where he drinks tea and makes books.
Gabriel offers energetic and hands-on workshops sharing the step-by-step process in creating picture books. Students participate in a range of activities including developing a picture book characters and creating an illustration based on a group story idea.
These sessions are accompanied by art demonstrations, an insight into the working life of a practising author and illustrator and a Q&A.
Gabriel provides a creative talk on working as a picture book author and illustrator in the Australian industry. He shares his process for making characters, developing picture books and using visual literacy tools in his books.
These sessions are accompanied by art demonstrations and a Q&A.
More info on Gabriel and his work can be found on his website:
All of Gabriel’s books are available for personalised signings.
‘Gabriel Evans was fantastic! That phrase was used a lot by both the students and the teachers. He had our students, from Kindergarten to Year 6, engaged and entertained for the entire session. He also gave them amazing tips on where to get ideas from, how to develop them and on how important it is to keep trying to improve them. With that advice in mind and with the drawings they produced with Gabriel, teachers said the students were very keen and excited to start their own narratives. Thank you Gabriel for sparking such enthusiasm for writing and drawing!’
‘…Gabriel passed on his vast knowledge and professional experience to students through interactive activities that focused on the process of designing a character, the tools in creating a page spread, portraying the emotional body language of characters and training the eye in composition. Gabriel’s presentation methods were engaging, motivational and inspirational.’
‘Gabriel was a warm and fun presenter who embraced the students and their illustration efforts. The manner in which he related his creative process when illustrating a book gave the students an insight into this field and was an inspirational springboard for them. His workshop was well planned and applied. Thanks Gabriel!’