Great news - Just Ducks! has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal 2013. Winners will be announced on 19th June.
Salvatore grew up in the heart of London and still loves the excitement of living in a big city. He's constantly inspired by city life, the endless cast of characters on the street, the changing architecture and by the thrill of not knowing what might be around the next corner.
He studied illustration at The Royal College of Art and in 2005 was short-listed for the Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards for a series of paintings set in New York. This series was transformed into his first picture book, A Walk in New York, published to great acclaim. More recently Salvatore was judged one of the country's top ten new illustrators in the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011. The final ten represent the best rising talent in the field of illustration today, who demonstrate remarkable creative flair, artistic skill and boundless imagination in their work.
Drawing and observation underpins the way he works and helps him to achieve a well-informed response to a project. He takes his sketchbook with him wherever he goes and has pages full of bumpy drawings made whilst on a train, pages stained by the rain when he's been caught out without an umbrella and other pages containing conversations that he's heard in passing and jotted down.
As well as working as an illustrator Salvatore teaches on the MA for Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and at Southampton Solent University where he teaches sequential narrative illustration.
Artwork by Salvatore is currently on tour in a series of exhibitions around the country to celebrate the Booktrust 2011 Best New Illustrators. Further information from www.booktrust.org.uk.
‘Preliminary endpapers from Just Ducks!’
‘They're STILL eating when I cross the bridge to go to school.’
‘Drakes get very excited...’
‘Ducks, just ducks!’
‘Last year, one made her nest in our greenhouse!’
‘I open my bedroom curtains. Who could be making all that noise?’
‘then jump down to follow their mum to the river’
‘Some sleep under the bridge.’
‘It's time for ducks to find a safe place for the night.’
‘Just Ducks! Endpapers ’
‘Even though they're wild birds, they come close… ’
‘Splashing in the water...’
‘By the time I've got my clothes on lots more have arrived...’
‘When I close my curtains...’
‘They had to climb the wall at the bottom of the garden …’