SHARRATT, Nicholas [Nick] J

1962 - ?

Nick Sharratt

Born at Bexleyheath, Greater London on 9 August 1962, the eldest of the four children of Michael J. Sharratt, brewery worker, and his wife Jill A. née Davison, a teacher and social worker. He grew up in Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Greater Manchester. After primary school he had two years at a comprehensive and then moved to a grammar school. On leaving he took an art foundation course at the now Manchester Metropolitan University then then attended St Martin's School of Art in London studying graphic design for three years also learning design and typography. On leaving St Martin's in 1984 he set about visiting publishers with his folio of drawings to find work and was given commissions since when has been working as a freelance illustrator. Originally his work involved drawing for a wide range of magazines including homes, business, cars, parenting, computers, gardening, fitness, cooking, fashion, puzzles, teenagers, also designing packaging for cakes and confectionery. He then took up book illustration with his first works were educational textbooks but after a couple of years he was to illustrate his first picture book in 1987 'Noisy Poems'. After more book illustrations he began writing his own books and in the mid 1990's discontinued other illustration and concentrated solely on children's books. He has now illustrated over 250 books ranging from board books for babies to novels for young teenagers, working with authors such as Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kaye Umansky, Kes Gray and notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson and has also written over 40 of his own works. He donated to the 'Westhall Secret Postcard Auction' in 2013 'Sockish Pony' from his picture book 'Socks'.




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