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Ben Wood is a freelance illustrator who lives in Sydney. He grew up in country Victoria and studied graphic design at La Trobe University in Bendigo. In 2006 he was accepted into the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Mentorship Program and introduced to members of the Australian children's book industry.
His first book, Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees written by Wally Johnson and Bob Brown, was published in 2008 as part of the Aussie gem series. His second book, Big Bad Bushranger, also written by Bob Brown, was released in 2009. Ben collaborated with author Simon Mitchell to release Louie the Pirate Chef in 2010.
For many years Ben has illustrated for design companies and publishing firms. He enjoys creating unusual and quirky characters and environments. He uses both traditional mediums and also digital tools.
When not drawing in his studio, Ben visits schools to teach students about the world of publishing and the joy of creating stories.