Narrated Portfolio Highlights
Thank you for reviewing my portfolio. On this page I will walk you through some samples. I am an illustrator and writer based in Greater London. My style is simple and colourful; I work primarily with pixels, pencils, markers and ink. I write and illustrate my own children’s picture books, and provide illustrations for book jackets, editorial support, advertising and packaging. My education includes a Master of Arts in Communication Design/Illustration from Kingston University’s School of Art in Kingston upon Thames, England.
The following are a few sample images from my self-published picture book Zed Goes Up the Mountain. A copy of the book can be sent to you at your request.
Zed has been sold at Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House in London, and two images from the book were selected by the organising committee of the 2016 International Illustration Research Symposium for inclusion in their art exhibition at the Edinburgh College of Art. The book has also been sold at the 2016 and 2017 House of Illustration Christmas Fairs.
In addition, in March 2018 I was honoured to be a guest author/illustrator for World Book Week at two schools in Twickenham and Hounslow. I read Zed to auditorium audiences of up to 200, conducted pupil Q&A sessions and a book signing and taught drawing workshops for Reception through Year Three.
New Children’s Book and Graphic Novel Projects
I am currently working on new characters and storylines for more picture books and graphic novels for readers age 9 to 12. Here are a few samples:
It was a great honour for me to be included on the Shortlist for the Association of Illustrators’ World Illustration Awards 2016 in the category of ‘Self-Initiated Work’ for my series ‘Vinyl to Cloud’.
In 2017 I had the privilege of being chosen to participate in The London Art Show at The Coningsby Gallery in Fitzrovia. For this charity event I created three bespoke versions within my Vinyl to Cloud theme. I am very happy to report that all of my prints sold on behalf of the Stroke Association! I was very honoured to have been part of this fundraising event.
Other samples of decorative art…
Recent commissions include a book cover illustration, business logos and illustrations for business websites. Many of my commissions are still in production and so cannot be included on my website until the products are launched.
The first two images were created to accompany an Illustrators’ Guide to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, which I wrote for the Association of Illustrators. The remaining images are from my own personal projects.
I am dedicated to helping charities, non-profits and organisations in the arts. Through the sale of my artwork I have raised more than £2,200 for worthy causes, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Glasgow and The Stroke Association, London.
Thank you again for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you!
All images on every page of this website are copyright © by Jean Mackey Lebleu. All rights reserved. Please do not use any of my images without my written permission, because it is prohibited. Thank you!