AMANDA HALL (Born 1956)

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall (born 1956)


Amanda Hall is an award-winning contemporary illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book read more...

Amanda Hall
Amanda Hall (born 1956)

Amanda Hall is an award-winning contemporary illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book illustrations, as well as her work for educational publications both in Britain and America.

Amanda Hall was born in Linton, Cambridgeshire, on 4 October 1956. Her father, a painter, taught Art and Design at the Cambridge School of Art (now the Anglia Ruskin University) and her mother was a published author, who also worked as a medical secretary at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Amanda was educated locally in Cambridge and went on to study graphic art and illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where her father had taught.

Since embarking on her career as an illustrator, Amanda has become internationally known and celebrated for her unique style. She was awarded the Silver US Parents’ Choice Award in 1997 for her illustrations for Madhur Jaffrey’s children’s picture book
Robi Dobi: The Marvellous Adventures of an Indian Elephant and, more recently, was shortlisted for the Christian Booksellers’ Convention Children’s Book of the Year Award 2008 for her work with author Mary Joslin on the Day by Day Bible. She has illustrated publications for Barefoot Books, Frances Lincoln, Templar Publishing, Pavilion Books and Dorling Kindersley, as well as producing work for Radio Times and National Geographic.

By using a combination of coloured pencil and watercolour ink, Amanda has developed a technique which allows her to produce illustrations that are brimming with colour and decorations, and she is now further extending her skills as an illustrator by adding other media. Her work is characteristically vivacious, bright and full of movement, overflowing with designs that take on an almost three- dimensional quality. She cites the myths, legends and fairy tales of cultures from all over the world as her inspiration for the fantastical and magical creatures that she produces. Indeed, the powerful artistic and historical inheritance of India, North and South America and Europe, is evident in much of her work, which often has an inherently indigenous quality.

Amanda lives and works in Cambridge, creating her illustrations in a timber shed at the bottom of her garden that she has named ‘The Shadowhouse’. When she is not working as an illustrator, she enjoys transforming gardens and rooms into fantasy spaces, and also performs as a singer.

Her many recent successes include:
Aesop's Fables, Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 2011
Michelle Marke,
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012
Gloria Whelan,
Andal's House, Ann Arbor MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2013
Shoshana Gelfand Boyd,
The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, Oxford: Barefoot Books, 2013
Anna Egan Smucker,
Brother Giovanni's Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015
Dawn Casey,
Babushka, Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 2015

CastlesWild AnimalsChildrenArts & Performing Arts
DogsMice & Small RodentsBirdsMusic
Fairy & FantasyHorsesImaginary AnimalsMyths & Legends
AnimalsChildren's LiteratureReptilesIllustrations
NIKOLAI SADDLED UP HIS BIG BLACK HORSE AND WENT GALLOPING OFF INTO THE FOREST by AMANDA HALL

NIKOLAI SADDLED UP HIS BIG BLACK HORSE AND WENT GALLOPING OFF INTO THE FOREST

A MODEST CASTLE DEEP IN AN ANCIENT FOREST AND THE SIMPLE WOODEN COTTAGES HUDDLED HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY AROUND THE MARKETPLACE  by AMANDA HALL

A MODEST CASTLE DEEP IN AN ANCIENT FOREST AND THE SIMPLE WOODEN COTTAGES HUDDLED HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY AROUND THE MARKETPLACE

COYOTE DISCOVERS HE IS IN THE GIANTS BELLY by AMANDA HALL

COYOTE DISCOVERS HE IS IN THE GIANTS BELLY

SILVER SWAN, SILVER SWAN, COME SWIFT AS YOU MAY by AMANDA HALL

SILVER SWAN, SILVER SWAN, COME SWIFT AS YOU MAY

ALL THE CURTAINS WERE TIGHTLY DRAWN AT THE PALACE, THE MUSICIANS WERE SILENT AND THE COOKS STOOD IDLE IN THE KITCHEN by AMANDA HALL

ALL THE CURTAINS WERE TIGHTLY DRAWN AT THE PALACE, THE MUSICIANS WERE SILENT AND THE COOKS STOOD IDLE IN THE KITCHEN

THE GREAT SKY PAINTER  by AMANDA HALL

THE GREAT SKY PAINTER

THE WICKED PURPLE PANTHERS by AMANDA HALL

THE WICKED PURPLE PANTHERS

SLIMEY KIMEY by AMANDA HALL

SLIMEY KIMEY

I AM BROWN AGAIN! by AMANDA HALL

I AM BROWN AGAIN!

SHE HAD JUST OPENED HER BEAK TO SCREAM, WHEN KABBI DROPPED THE GREEN FEATHER INTO HER CAGE by AMANDA HALL

SHE HAD JUST OPENED HER BEAK TO SCREAM, WHEN KABBI DROPPED THE GREEN FEATHER INTO HER CAGE

PRINCESS TARA by AMANDA HALL

PRINCESS TARA

KING SOURPUSS PEERED INTO THE CAGE, SAYING, 'AND NOW THERE ARE ONLY TWO MORE ROUNDS TO GO BEFORE YOU ARE MINE.' by AMANDA HALL

KING SOURPUSS PEERED INTO THE CAGE, SAYING, 'AND NOW THERE ARE ONLY TWO MORE ROUNDS TO GO BEFORE YOU ARE MINE.'

THEY SPENT THE REST OF THE NIGHT FEASTING AND RESTING by AMANDA HALL

THEY SPENT THE REST OF THE NIGHT FEASTING AND RESTING

THE WAHABBI FAMILY by AMANDA HALL

THE WAHABBI FAMILY

THE CAMEL HAS NEVER YET LEARNED HOW TO BEHAVE  by AMANDA HALL

THE CAMEL HAS NEVER YET LEARNED HOW TO BEHAVE

THREE O THREE by AMANDA HALL

THREE O THREE

CAMEL AND THE PALM by AMANDA HALL

CAMEL AND THE PALM

HUMPHED by AMANDA HALL

HUMPHED

AND THE CAMEL SAID 'HUMPH!' by AMANDA HALL

AND THE CAMEL SAID 'HUMPH!'

DJINN OF ALL DESERTS by AMANDA HALL

DJINN OF ALL DESERTS

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