The masterclass will be facilitated by Benji Davies, Alexis Deacon, Tor Freeman, Yara Kono, Jorge Martín, Ben Norman and Ana Pez. Other teachers in the past have included Chris Haughton, Chris Riddell, Kitty Crowther, Marta Altés and Jim Field.
Picturecamp is produced and hosted by Jorge Martín, a Spanish illustrator recently returned to Spain after 14 years in London.
Benji Davies is an illustrator and animation director.
His first self-penned picture book, The Storm Whale, was the winner of the inaugral Oscar’s First Book Prize in 2014 and was also shortlisted for Booktrust’s Best Book Awards. His next picture book, Grandad’s Island, is due to be published with Simon & Schuster in July 2015.
Benji has worked on a diverse array of projects, from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been published in more than twenty languages around the world. He enjoys bringing his experience in animation storytelling to the picture book form.
He lives in London with his wife Nina.
Tor Freeman is an author, illustrator and comic artist from London. Her self-authored books include The Toucan Brothers, Showtime for Billie and Coco, and the Digby and Olive series. Recently she has illustrated the Fables from the Stables series by Gavin Puckett, and Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson. Her work appears each month in the French children’s magazine Tralalire and regularly in Pomme d’Api. In 2012 she was granted a Maurice Sendak Fellowship, and in 2017 she won the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize. You can find Tor’s online webcomic at welcometooddleigh.tumblr.com and her website at www.torfreeman.com.
Yara Kono. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1972.
She is part of the Planeta Tangerina team since 2004. In 2008 she received together with Isabel Minhós Martins, an Honorable Mention at the 1st Compostela International Prize for Picture Books with the book “Ovelhinha Dá-me Lã”.
In 2010 she won the National Prize of Illustration, with “O Papão no Desvão”, written by Ana Saldanha.
In 2013 «A Ilha» by João Gomes de Abreu and Yara Kono, won a Mention in Opera Prima Category at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards. That year she also received a Special Mention Award in the National Prize for Illustration with the book “Uma onda pequenina”.
Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, gaining a first class honours degree. Alexis Deacon was one of Booktrust’s ten Best New Illustrators in 2008, and Beegu was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Alexis lives in London.
Ana Pez studied History and Illustration at university in Madrid. Since graduating, she’s worked on a wide range of projects including album covers, websites, posters, theatre design, and books. In 2015, Ana received a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards and she was selected for the prestigious Bologna Illustrators Exhibition.
Ben Norland was born in 1965 in London. He studied Fine Art at the Slade School, UCL and after that at Royal Collage of Art, London. He has worked as a practicing artist, musician, and lecturer but throughout all of his working life he has spent the majority of his time designing and art directing children’s books as an employee of Walker Books Ltd, where he is currently Art Director.
Jorge Martin is a Spanish illustrator. Having lived in London in for 14 years, he has recently returned to his home country of Spain. He lives in a village of 20 inhabitants. His first book as an author-illustrator ‘J’sais quoi pas faire’ came out in France in 2014. His book ‘I’m hungry’, published by Penguin Random House came out in July 2016. Other books illustrated by him are ‘Fairytale pets’ (by Tracey Corderoy, Little Tiger, UK, 2017) and out this summer (2018): “Boing” (by Tim McCanna, Simon and Schuster, US) and ‘Little Taco Truck’ (by Tania Valentine, Schwartz & Wade books, US).