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Welcome To Mike Spoor illustrator

What we Offer

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    Professionalism, reliability and experience
    Prior to becoming an illustrator of Children's books I taught Art & Ceramics in primary, secondary levels I lectured to BA level. I also worked in Libraries, Teacher Eduction and prisons as well as contributing to academic conferences and book festivals in the UK, Europe and Australia.In short, I'm used to dealing with people in a whole range of environments. My artistic practice in ceramics, computer (various Adobe applications , 3D computing in Cinema 4D, and some animation) gives me an understanding of numerous client requirements. My dealings with people include all ages from 6 to 80 in many contexts, equipping me with flexibility and an accommodating approach.
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    Workshops and Demonstrations
    I never expected to become a teacher, but in developing my own art and craft skills I also gained confidence and enjoyment through the process of sharing art' with children and adults. Once my illustrations became known I began to deliver popular demonstrations and workshops in libraries and schools, in Australia, here in the UK and also in Europe. More details forthcoming in the School Visit section of this website.
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    Individual Style
    All artists develop something unique in their work even while fitting into a genre or range of styles. My particular character in work has been described as quirky , characterful, energetic, humorous (etc) while also having an underlying Romanticism in certain scenes. There is also present an enjoyment of the mediums used and a striving to let their character come through along with the illustration subject matter.
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Current Information

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Styles
I've always enjoyed variety, new processes and media, work influenced by interests in humour, history, photography and much more besides. In illustrating a text I will try to complement the meaning and feeling of the words with a technique I think expresses that visually. Inevitably my own preferences will come through in the way I work.
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Current plans
I'm currently working on a new book for Mark Carthew ( Australia) featuring an exciting unique process using materials from an entirely different craft to create a first in the world of childrens books. I'm also developing a range of characters for licensing, TV, animation and puppet show proposals for a new development company - more news as it grows. For myself and this website I'm now able to develop my photography to create instructional videos, stop frame animations with some use of 3D modelling in computer apps.
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General Information
I have been a professional illustrator for over twenty years with over 400 books published worldwide including 30 books for the series Dinosaur Cove published by Oxford University Press. Other international publishers include amongst others, Hachette, Pearson, Macmillan, Ladybird, Usborne, Andersen Press, Harper Collins, Random House, Benchmark USA, Queensland University Press. My work has been chosen for numerous awards including World Book Day (UK) choice and in Australia, National Sim

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