Creative Lives — Hastings-based illustrator Ben Newman on building relationships, writing for children and weathering bad reviews

Posted 02 May 2017 Interview by Laura Snoad

It’s hard to look through the portfolio of Hastings-based illustrator Ben Newman without cracking a smile. His playful and lightly nostalgic work features guitar-playing frogs, juggling raccoons and even a grizzly bear tucking into a roast and glass of red, and he counts the likes of Tate, Nokia, Penguin, Lacoste and Waitrose as clients. Recently Ben has applied this menagerie of “Bauhaus fuzzy felt” to children’s books, alongside his commercial work. He drew science series Professor Astro Cat for Flying Eye Books and recently published his first book that he both wrote and illustrated – it was even read out on CBBC.

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