Ben

Sanders

My name is Ben Sanders. When I was eleven my dad gave me my first sketchbook. By the time I was twelve, I had my first paying client.

In the past I was an Art Director hiring illustrators for advertising campaigns. I couldn’t help but think, ‘I can do this!’, so I quit and dedicated my time instead to illustration.

I make illustrations for global brands and publications. My work is all about ideas and simplicity.

I spend a lot of time on concept sketches, because inevitably the idea behind the illustration is what stays with the viewer.

Not long ago I wrote a series of children’s books called Lento & Fox. It’s been one of the most enjoyable projects of my career. When I’m not doing client work, you can probably find me writing my next children’s book.

I love creating characters. Most of my work starts with very bad scamps that nobody else sees. Then I work them up into refined sketches with an Apple Pencil. People are often surprised to learn that most of my old illustration work is created with a series of mouse clicks.

Here’s a recent series of book covers I created for Hinkler - I loved being able to put a fresh spin on six beloved literary classics.

I’m a strong supporter of children’s literacy. It’s important to me that kids in developing countries have access to books. I have been lucky enough to volunteer my time and create work for a number of great causes. It’s crucial for me to use my skills to help make the world a better place.

I studied Art Direction at AWARD School. It taught me to value big ideas. I also draw a lot of inspiration from my time living in the High Andes of Bolivia.

The best thing about working on commercial projects is being proud of the results. I’m most known for The Natural Confectionery Co. packs.

One of the most urgent commercial jobs I’ve ever done was an editorial piece for Medical Observer. I was able to turn around the concept and final art in less than two hours!

One of my favourite projects recently was a project for Ambulance Victoria. It was a fun way to approach a serious topic.

Another of my favourites is an advertising campaign I created for Vodacom Tanzania. I enjoyed the challenge of creating for a different part of the world.

My speedy piece for Medical Advisor

Professional recognition is a nice bonus. Some awards currently lining my trophy room include shortlistings for my children’s books from the AOI, CBCA, APA and ABIA . I also have a couple of gold and silver awards from IA for advertising and editorial work.

In recent years I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to speak at some amazing events and conferences, such as Top Designs Melbourne.

If you want to find out even more about me, here are some recent articles about my practice: Pigeonhole Books, Black Frames, Hightail, Redbubble, Carpelibrum, Kids' Book Review, Hachette and Desktop Magazine.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.