Stephen Stone | Freelance Illustrator

Steve was born in the North East of England. His local tribe are known as the 'Sand-dancers' He  now resides in Derbyshire with his wife Claire and a perfectly aloof orange cat 'Vincent van Mog' 

During his education Steve studied an extensive range of art and design subjects, including fashion design. In this, he specialised and embarked on a career as a clothing/print designer; followed by 12 years as a University lecturer, teaching Fashion Visual Communication.  During that time he completed a Masters in Visual Communication in children's picture-book illustration. The spark was lit! 

In 2011 Steve set up the Yellowstone Studio to channel his passion for narrative illustration and character design.  His book Cantankerous King Colin written by Phil Allcock has received excellent reviews and featured on Cbeebies Bedtime stories, read by actor Tom Hollander. His most recent book 'Bug's Don't Hug', written by popular science author and environmental educator Heather L Montgomery is due out in Sept 18' and is a funny and clever relative look at parenting in the insect world, perfect for budding backyard scientists.

''At the heart of my work is the character, its emotive quality, its sense of place on a page. The renderings are playful in both traditional and digital techniques which are constantly evolving. That is exciting to me as it opens up new possibilities and allows for new subjects to be explored''

Recently Steve has begun work on a new project, illustrating his debut graphic novel: The Last Dream of Toulouse.  A wordless book with crafted pages, designed to linger over.  You can read all about the process on the blog. This project is the beginning of a new chapter for the studio, marking an independent offering to the studios portfolio. 

'' I'm inspired by different ways of telling stories, ones that don't always follow conventional paths. My plan for the studio is to broaden the services that I offer. The medium of wordless books and illustrated poetry is of particular interest which allows for a more diverse approach to genre, technique and subject matter''

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Clients include: 

Harper Collins | Oxford University Press - AUS/NZ/UK | Five Mile Press | Miles Kelly | Maverick Publishing | Top That | Franklin Watts | Hatchette | Pearson | IGLOO | Bonnier Publishing | Parragon | Charlesbridge | Dinardo Design | Heinemann | Benchmark | Bonnier Publishing | Bricks Education


Born North East of England | 1974

Studied Art and Design | 1990_97 (BTEC/BA/MA/DIPEd)

Senior Clothing/Print Designer | 1997_2000 

University Senior Lecturer / Course Director | 2000_11

Freelance Illustrator | 2011_