Hayley Wells
The More Monster

Children's Publishing

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I initially set out to create a book that focused on environmental messages but it soon developed into a more complex critique of consumer culture, bringing in ideas of justice and fairness, too. I also wanted this book to offer some hope and empowerment for young people, allowing them the space to imagine what a better world might look like.

How was the illustration used:
The illustrations are used in a 32-page picture book.

How did you make this work:
The artwork was made mostly digitally, but it includes some hand-drawn ink textures, too. The biggest challenge was creating a narrative that worked as an allegory for a serious topic whilst remaining fun and enjoyable for children.

Commissioner Name :
Neil Dunnicliffe
Commissioner Company :
Pavilion Children’s (now Farshore)

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Currently Based:
Chelmsford, UK

Hayley Wells graduated with an MA in Children’s Books Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2018. They illustrated Kat Patrick’s The Spectacular Suit (Scribble, 2021) and their author-illustrator debut, The More Monster, was published with Pavilion in 2022. Hayley is interested in tackling difficult subjects but with an emphasis on playful and accessible artwork.