Nick Sharratt is the illustrator who works very closely with Jacqueline Wilson to create the illustrations for all of Jacqueline’s books. It is Nick who has brought characters like The Illustrated Mum , Tracy Beaker , Opal Plumstead and Hetty Feather alive. He works closely with Jacqueline to develop the visuals for her books which include the eyecatching covers and all of the interior illustrations. Nick has a very distinctive style which is instantly recognisable. It is Nick’s artwork that has formed the backbone of the style guides for the licensing programme and it is his artwork that has been used extensively by licensees. For example Paul Lamond’s boardgame and jigsaw puzzles feature Nick’s original character art. Nick is a very successful illustrator and works with a range of other authors most commonly in the picture book category and he also has his own books in publication. Given the breadth and success of Nick’s work he decided recently to create an exhibition of his book illustration work – he has previously developed an exhibition featuring the work he has completed for Jacqueline’s books. The most recent exhibition is called Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants– The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt. The exhibition is touring the UK and features a range of Nick’s work including work he has completed for Jacqueline’s books. This is how Nick describes and introduces the Exhibition :
“Hello, I’m Nick Sharratt. I’m an illustrator and an author and my job is to draw pictures and create stories for children’s book.
I’d like to invite you to my exhibition which is all about me and my work. There’s a lot to ﬁnd out and plenty do. You’ll see how I drew when I was a youngster and discover how I became an illustrator.
I’ll show you how I create my pictures and put a story book together and you’ll be able to do some drawing too.
I have written and illustrated at least 40 children’s books and have illustrated close to 250 more for other authors. Many of these have been translated into other languages including Dutch, Catalan and Italian.
I’ve illustrated so many different characters that it is hard to keep track of them all.
There are loads of my books to explore, lots of fun activities to do, and a whole crowd of characters to meet – some might be familiar, some you’ll be bumping into for the ﬁrst time. I hope you have fun!”
For more information on Nick and the exhibition including dates and locations please visit : http://showstoppers.org.uk/exhibition/pirates-pants-and-wellyphants