Once Upon a Snowstorm

Once Upon a Snowstorm

by Richard Johnson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571339280
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 5 Years

About the Author

Richard Johnson works from his studio with his partner, situated on the edge of a large wood in Lincolnshire, England. He is a professional freelance illustrator with 18 years experience working within the industry. He specializes in Children's Book illustration but has also developed illustrations for advertisement campaigns, newspapers, and magazines.

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"It's beautiful. I love the details in the snow flakes . . . and the funny close ups of the animals faces. Such a warm story, frosted with magic."—Polly Dunbar, illustrator of Penguin

"Invokes both the intimate and the epic . . . a book that reminds us we don’t always needs words."—Olivia Lomenech Gill, illustrator of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

"An incredibly stunning book."—David Litchfield, author and illustrator of The Bear and the Piano

"Captivating and atmospheric, with a pitch-perfect use of color."—Levi Pinfold


I enjoy drawing, I also enjoy experimenting with different approaches to creating my illustrations, finding different methods of applying color to my work.

I mainly use acrylic paint with a heavy texture paper, around 300gsm and watercolor brushes. Line work is a combination of fine 0.3mm HB to a 6B blunt colored pencils. The paint I generally use is Daler-Rowney acrylic paint or whatever is around my studio.

I like to use combinations of digital painting and scanned traditional medium together, using Photoshop I currently work with a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet. Working digitally allows me to control and combine my painted and textured work. Often my pictures are completely colored digitally, using digital collage techniques layered over of my original drawings.

I like my images to have an atmosphere, a sense of humour and personality, also offering something that expands on the text. Tone and lighting have a very big part to play in how I conceive and develop an image, and I am interested in perspective, sometimes forced perspectives or viewpoints, that fit into often flat compositions.

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