Original picture book artwork by Viviane Schwarz is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration.
Viviane's book There are no cats in this book was shortlisted for the 2012 CILIP Kate Greenaway Award! "A book that perfectly expresses the power of the imagination! With an extraordinary sense of participation, this is book to play with as much as to read, and very much one to share. The illustrations are full of personality, the use of colour and blank space is brilliant. A book that works on lots of different levels."
Viviane Schwarz was born in Germany and drew comics for a Children's magazine there before moving to Cornwall to study illustration. She graduated in 2003 with an MA in authorial practice.
She has been successfully producing picture books since 2001, both as an author and illustrator, and her work has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the 2010 CILIP Kate Greenaway medal for There are cats in this book and again in 2012 for There are no cats in this book.
Viviane wants to engage readers with her books and hopes that they might sing along, shout out, laugh or act them out. As well as writing and illustrating her own books, she has also collaborated with Alexis Deacon on two titles, A Place to Call Home (2011) and Cheese Belings to You! (2013). A new departure for Viviane was her graphic novel for Walker Books called The Sleepwalkers for the 7+ age group and published earlier this year. Next year comes a much anticiated Is the a DOG in this book?, from which we already have some artwork available.
Viviane uses real materials, mostly brush-painted liquid watercolour and paper collage.