Hi, I'm Mitch. No, I'm not a bloke - Mitch is a nick name. I really love to draw. I still have to pinch myself to make sure that this really is my full time job. I grew up watching my mum at work as a painter and fashion illustrator, and I doodled my way through school, but I never really imagined that this is what I would be doing for a living.
I work from home in my Melbourne studio which overlooks the back yard - great for staring out of the window when I’m stuck for ideas. I use a variety of mediums, including acrylic paint and watercolour, but I am at my happiest with a good old-fashioned dip pen and Indian ink. It is unpredictable but worth the suspense. All of my work is wonky and messy, especially my paintings: I don’t like drawing cars or anything too technical. My perspective sucks so I wing it a lot of the time – I can’t draw a straight line, even with a ruler. My desk is usually covered in paper , paint tubes, ink splotches, water bottles, empty tea cups, pencil shavings and the day’s biscuit crumbs. I like to think of it as organised disorder . This is my desk on a good day.
I have been working as a freelance illustrator for over twenty years now, five of those based in London, and over those years I have worked in a variety of mediums, on a variety of jobs - anything from storyboards, posters, package design, colouring books, cartoons, editorial illustrations and paintings.
If you check out my Books section you’ll see I have illustrated a lot of children’s books with many different publishers both in Australia and in the U.S. and I often do school talks and illustration workshops. (All enquiries about workshops and school/library visits: http://www.bookedout.com.au/ )
My partner Danny Katz is a writer and also works from home – my cartoons appeared with his humour column in the Age for over twelve years and we have collaborated on many children’s books together including seven books in the Little Lunch series and the recently published No Thanks Hanks and other Un-mannerly Tales
We have a daughter, Talia, and a son, Jordie, and they have been, and continue to be, a constant source of inspiration for us both.
I also like to paint for myself and experiment with various different mediums.Keep an eye out on the painting/sketchbook page - I tend to jump from one thing to another, so my paintings change with my moods. At the moment I am exploring the themes of childhood memories and female alter egos using collage, oils, house paint and mono prints on wood or canvas.
Danny Katz has written an A to Z of some of the weird, and not so wacky things kids are scared of. Let's face it, everyone is scared of SOMETHING. Stay tuned for updates, due for release in June 2013 → more
At One Word One Day Melbourne in March a group of local illustrators came to the ABC in Southbank to lend their time and talents to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Each artist was given their choice of Micador art supplies and were asked to create one or more pictures in the space of one day, interpreting the word 'HAIRY'. Works will eventually be up for auction - check out some of the artwork at www.onewordoneday.com.au → more
Danny and I have a new book out called with Five Mile Press called No Thanks Hanks and other Un-mannerly tales. It's full of wacky stories and verses about bad manners and what happens when one behaves a little un-mannerly. No finger pointing, just laughs. "Exuberant, playful, and very very funny" - Andy Griffiths→ more
All enquiries about Mitch Vane workshops and school/library visits: http://www.bookedout.com.au/
A centre for children's literature in Australia. Specialising in exhibitions and sales of original book illustrations, limited edition prints and signed picture books. You can buy some of my original children's book illustrations, or a limited edition print - http://www.booksillustrated.com.au
Illustrators Australia - http://www.illustratorsaustralia.com
The Australian Society of Authors promotes and protects the professional interests of Australian literary creators. - http://www.asauthors.org
The StyleFile - An online showcase for Australian book illustrators. - http://www.thestylefile.com
Cancer Council Arts Awards Share your cancer experience creatively through Cancer Council Victoria's internationally recognised Arts Awards program - http://www.artsawards.com.au
An ocean of bedtime stories, poetry, recipes, hilarious cartoons and cool art by some of Australia's favourite authors and illustrators. Every copy you buy helps raise money for War Child, the aid organisation that helps children affected by war all over the world.