James Foley

Most illustrators will tell you they've been drawing for as long as they can remember. James started his career in primary school, drawing cartoons for the school newspaper.  In year 7, James won third prize in a State-wide 'Make Your Own Storybook' Competition.  He later worked on a regular comic strip for his high school paper, political cartoons for a Curtin University paper and a full-page comic for Notre Dame University's 'Quasimodo' magazine.   

James began has professional career in 2003, drawing cover cartoons for Western Australia's weekly Quokka newspaper. By the time he finished in 2010 he’d drawn nearly 300 full-colour cartoons.  He has also worked as a freelancer, creating cartoons and illustrations for publications, promotions, events and corporations.

James’ favourite part of the job is presenting workshops at schools and libraries. He is always amazed at the natural enthusiasm children bring to drawing, especially, “…when they draw just for themselves and don't care if it's 'good enough' or not.” James enjoys working in pen and ink, pencil, charcoal and watercolour. He uses digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint and a Wacom graphics tablet.   

Teamed with award-winning author, Norman Jorgensen, James illustrated his first picture book, The Last Viking in 2011. The Last Viking won the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) Crystal Kite Awards – an award where writers and illustrators vote on their favourite title for the past year. The Last Viking has also been nominated for other awards, including being short-listed for 2012 CBCA Picture Book of the year for Early Childhood.  

The sequel The Last Viking Returns was published in September 2014. We are delighted to have this exhibition at the Centre in 2015.

James’ book In the Lion, which he has both written and illustrated, was released in August 2012.  This book with its vibrant illustrations, humour and repetitive text has a strong following with young children and primary schools, and has become a firm favourite.  

Find out more about James on his website www.jamesfoley.com.au


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