Gareth Sleightholme started his illustration career as an archaeological illustration trainee at the, now defunct, archaeology unit in Beverley, East Yorkshire. He has over 15 years’ experience in all areas of Illustration, Graphic Design, production design, film, and spent a number of years as a Theme Park designer, working across northern Europe, Scandinavia, and as far west as Florida.
He has been a visiting lecturer in animation at NSAD, Norwich, UK, and is currently lecturing at the Hull School of Art and Design on Animation, Games Design, and Design for the Public Realm as well as continuing to freelance for the visitor attraction and heritage industry.
Gareth has been involved with Fables for Japan from the beginning and has contributed to all 3 books.
In book 2, Gareth provided artwork for "The Waking, Spirits of the Noh", written by Christopher Golden. This is the prologue from the book "The Waking", donate by Christopher, which sets the stage for an intriguing tale of ghosts, demons, and Noh theater!
In the last book, Gareth illustrated the story "A Matter of Tea”, written by Charles Whipple, an award winning story about the consequences of achieving the perfect cup of tea. Gareth also provided several spot illustrations that appear throughout the series, a pin-up called “The Woman and the Samurai”, and his haiku, “Rebuild”, appears on the cover of book 3.
Here is just a small sampling of Gareth's amazing work. Pick up all 3 books to enjoy more!
|"To My Masterpiece" appearing in book 1|
|"The Waking: Spirits of the Noh" appearing in book 2|
|"A Matter of Tea" appearing in book 3|