Sara Fanelli was born in 1969 in Florence, where she studied for a Diploma di Maturita at the Liceo Classico Michelangelo before coming to England, where she studied at the City and Guilds of London Art School, Camberwell School of Art, and the Royal College of Art, London.

She has undertaken illustration work for various publications, including the New York Times, the Independent on Sunday and the New Scientist. Her clients include The Royal Mail, BBC Worldwide, and Tate.

During her second year at Camberwell School of Art, her book, Button (1994), won the 1992 Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration. Her later books Wolf! (1997) and It’s Dreamtime (1999) were shortlisted for a National Art Library Illustration Award, and in 2004, her illustrated translation of Pinocchio won this award.

This is a double spread from Fanelli’s WOLF storybook. The story is about a wolf who is feared by all until he goes on a picnic, and everyone realized that he is not as scary as he seems! The illustrations are very colorful and have an interesting 2D quality to them. The “flatness”, while naturally making the drawings look rather simple, certainly works brilliantly in this situation. I think its because of the vibrancy and almost childlike quality of the work.

Sara Fenelli

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