Gwen Millward

Gwen Millward

Original picture book artwork by Gwen Millward is available for purchase from Children's Book Illustration.

Gwen Millward spent her childhood in Powys, mid Wales and went to a Welsh speaking school in the village of Llanfair Caereinion. Her parents would often find her at the bottom of the garden studying and drawing the tiny insects hidden under the bushes. Her natural talent for drawing led her to study Illustration in Edinburgh where she came away with a 1st class degree and was awarded the Helen A. Rose Bequest for art.

On graduating in 2002 Gwen Millward went straight into the world of children’s picture books and was published first by Puffin with Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood. Since then Gwen has illustrated many more, two of which she has also written. These are Bear and Bird and Bear, Bird & Frog; both published by Egmont. Gwen has collaborated both with her mother Jenny Nimmo on The Beasties, and more recently with her sister Myfanwy on Rosie’s Special Present, published in 2015.

Gwen isn’t afraid to experiment with new styles and techniques. Her earlier books including The Bog Baby and The King of Tiny Things (both written by Jeanne Willis) are painted in watercolour with pencil and are full of the minutest details. Rosie’s Special Present reveals a more graphic style of illustration with more colour and looser lines. A new book, Stories From Bug Garden, published by Candlewick Press in March 2016, has Gwen using a dip pen and indian ink and giving her insects heavy strong outlines. She's currently writing and illustrating a new text ...to be revealed soon!

Gwen has won numerous awards including the Booktrust Early Years Award 2008 for The Bog Baby. Her work has also been exhibited in the touring Puffin Picture Book Boutique as well as her fine art paintings at the Centre Space Gallery in Bristol.

She now lives in Bristol with her partner (a model maker for Aardman Studios) and very young son Max.

Books

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Rosie's Special Present
The King of Tiny Things

Illustrations

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  • ‘The King of Tiny Things’

    ‘The King of Tiny Things’

  • ‘One summer, when we were small, we went to stay with Nana and Grandad.’

    ‘One summer, when we were small, we went to stay with Nana and Grandad.’

  • ‘There was a tent in Grandad's shed.

    ‘There was a tent in Grandad's shed. "You could camp under the stars"’

  • ‘too dark!’

    ‘too dark!’

  • ‘I shone my torch.’

    ‘I shone my torch.’

  • ‘...there he was, oiling a slug who'd lost its slime.’

    ‘...there he was, oiling a slug who'd lost its slime.’

  • ‘They turn the soil so seeds can sow.’

    ‘They turn the soil so seeds can sow.’

  • ‘So when the King of Tiny Things found a worm ...’

    ‘So when the King of Tiny Things found a worm ...’

  • ‘And when he found a daddy-long-legs missing a leg, we made it a new one.’

    ‘And when he found a daddy-long-legs missing a leg, we made it a new one.’

  • ‘Detail from marvellous moonlit things’

    ‘Detail from marvellous moonlit things’

  • ‘The king showed us many marvellous moonlit things.’

    ‘The king showed us many marvellous moonlit things.’

  • ‘We fished him out of the pond.’

    ‘We fished him out of the pond.’

  • ‘if his heart was beating, I couldn't feel it.’

    ‘if his heart was beating, I couldn't feel it.’

  • ‘For the love of Tiny Things’

    ‘For the love of Tiny Things’

  • ‘Detail from

    ‘Detail from "Fetch a matchbox..."’

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    ‘"Fetch a matchbox," she cried, "and a trowel."’

  • ‘It was the King of Tiny Things ... only bigger, bolder, brighter.’

    ‘It was the King of Tiny Things ... only bigger, bolder, brighter.’