Allan Sanders was born in a small grey shipbuilding town in the North West of England, He studied at Manchester University and the Royal College of Art. He now lives in Brighton and has been represented by Heart since 2002.
Allan’s artworks are meticulously drawn, creating a consistent and easily recognisable style. His characters are usually depicted in profile, eyes to the front or with a shifty glance over the shoulder. As well as humans his pictures are populated by key personalities such as robots, skeletons, elephants, tigers, superheroes and the odd cop. Busy scenes are a passion for Allan, creating a small universe of interconnected events, however, iconic and conceptually tight vignettes are also a forte of his.
Allan’s imaginative sense of design and use of playful ideas is exemplified in his latest children’s book ‘The Alphabet of Alphabets’ a book of twenty six different alphabets, one for each letter from A to Z. For example, there’s an alphabet of what can be found in a forest for ‘F’ and a Museum alphabet for ‘M’. In each artwork there’s a complete A-Z of things to find related to the subject letter of the page. Overall there are six hundred and seventy six things to spot, including a mouse, queen (or her crown) and a pair of underpants in every picture.
Allan has worked on many illustrated children’s book, including a series of flap books for Templar Publishing with titles such as ‘On The Move’, ‘My Amazing Body’ and ‘Outer Space’. He has also illustrated ‘Perfectly Perilous Math’ published by Workman, an activity book for Klutz entitled ‘101 Outrageously Fun Activities to Do’ and is currently working on ideas for future book projects. Allan created artwork for a Cheestrings campaign ‘The Brave Bones Club’ which appeared as an interactive website, packaging and TV ads. He has also worked on a billboard campaign and animated TV ads for the Oregon Humane Society encouraging people to adopt a pet. Other advertising commissions include Fab ice-cream for Nestlé, Vodafone, FIFA and Healthy Scotland. He has illustrated brochures for Sécurite Routiere in France and the WPP Fellowship. Allan is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and The Economist amongst other editorial clients.
Select Client List
Building magazine, Fab ice-creams / Nestlé, Duncan Baird, Ebury Press, The Economist, FIFA, The Financial Times, Glasgow Science Centre, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, The Health Foundation, Healthy Scotland, Klutz, LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, National Horse Racing Museum, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Statesman, NHS, This Old House, Oregon Humane Society, Penguin Books, Quarto Books, Sécuritié Routière, The Telegraph, Time Out, The Times, Vodafone, Waitrose, Wide Eyed Editions, Wired, WPP Group