About Me

Email: sharon.rentta@gmail.com

Instagram: sharonrentta.illustration

I grew up in Chester where I did an art foundation course before going on to complete a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the Liverpool John Moore’s University. In 2003, I moved to Cambridge to do an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. I’m now settled here in Cambridge with my husband, working from my home studio.

 

I have a brand new series of books out called Animal Explorers, inspired by real life adventurers and explorers... Lola the Plant Hunter and Toby the Deep Sea Diver with a third title out in April 2022. Other books I've done include the “A Day with the Animal...” series exploring the world of work in an educational but fun way (published and still available in several different languages), Dogs go Shopping, Sidney the Little Blue Elephant and Sidney Goes to School. I also enjoy fiction illustration and have had the privilege of illustrating Eva Ibbotson's last books, One Dog and his Boy, which won the Independent Bookseller Book of the Year award in 2012 and The Abominables.

 

When I’m not illustrating, I enjoy being outdoors walking, sketching, jogging and attempting to learn golf, as well as reading and doing puzzles. I'm also a bit of a chocoholic... the darker the better!

 

Awards

 

2004 and 2005

Highly Commended - The Macmillan Prize for children's picture book illustration.

 

2013

Heinrich Wolgast Preis for 'A Day with the Animal Doctors'.