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Lisa Allen

As a child Lisa spent hours drawing in her scrapbooks.  The rest of the time, her nose was in a book.

In 1987 she graduated with a Certificate of Graphic Design from ATI (now AUT). Her first job out of art school was working for a textile company under the tutelage of artist Ted Dutch – commercial designer, printmaker, ceramicist and painter – who trained her in creating artwork for screen printing and pre-press. She has worked as an in-house designer for an environmental clothing company, been involved in every aspect of textile design and for many years worked on licensed products, including all the major surf-wear, jean brands and sporting license franchises from the USA and Australia. For a brief time she worked as a magazine designer, illustrator and copywriter for an indie magazine about rodeo. Over the years she has designed everything from wine labels to theatre backdrops.

A long-held desire to illustrate for children led to her collaboration with Auckland author Glenda Kane on Mangrove.  Since then she has illustrated a wide range of picture books in varied styles. Lisa occasionally paints to exhibit, with a particular interest in botanical works on paper.  She now combines illustrating with her skills as a book designer and enjoys the entire process of book creation.

Lisa Allen

Selected bibliography:

  • Mangrove, text by Glenda Kane (Puffin, 2007)
  • Anzac Day Parade, text by Glenda Kane (Puffin, 2010)
  • Gypsy Day on the Farm, text by Jennifer Beck (New Holland, 2012)
  • Contributor of illustrations to Read me another one, please,  edited by
  • Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe & Belynda Smith, (Whitcoulls, 2012)
  • A Hot Cup of Chocolate, text by Rose Stanley (Duck Creek Press, 2014)
  • Tilly’s Big Problem, text by Rose Stanley (Duck Creek Press, 2014)
  • Emotions in Motion, text by Rose Stanley (Duck Creek Press, 2014)
  • Auntie Ellie’s Beach House, text by Raewyn Caisley (Duck Creek Press, 2014)
  • Uncle Vic’s Farm, text by Raewyn Caisley (Duck Creek Press, 2015)
  • Aunty Edna of Duck Creek Pond, text by Nigel Gray (Duck Creek Press, 2015)
  • The Wetter the Better, text by Emma Vere-Jones (Duck Creek Press, 2016)
  • Dragons under my bed, text by Kath Bee (Duck Creek Press, 2017)
  • Brain Tricks, text by Rose Stanley (Cheeky Dragon, 2019)
  • Emotions in Motion, text by Rose Stanley – new edition (Cheeky Dragon, 2020)
  • Ooey Gooey Gone, text by Karen Mowbray (Bateman Books, 2020)
  • Fantastic Mr. Bean, text by Mary-anne Scott (One Tree House, 2020)
  • Magic Mistakes, text by Belinda Blecher (Interactive Publications, 2020)
  • Mangrove, text by Glenda Kane – hardback (Bateman Books, 2021)
  • Three Scoops, text by David Hill (One Tree House, 2021)
  • My Mum is Queen of the Road, text by Jennifer Beck, (Huia, 2022)
  • Anzac Day Parade, text by Glenda Kane – hardback, (Bateman Books, 2022)
  • Dougal the Dancing Kakapo, text by Kath Bee, (Bateman Books, 2022)
  • Ooey Gooey Surprise, text by Karen Mowbray, (Bateman Books, 2022)

Awards:

  • 2021 Storylines Notable Book – illustrations for Three Scoops, text by David Hill (One Tree House, 2021)

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