Ian Beck


Ian Beck is another Author and Illustrator, known for his books called Tom Trueheart. He was born in Sussex in 1947, and attended the Brighton School of Art. Since then he moved down to London with his portfolio and worked in Harrods part time while trying to get work. Eventually he started building up his client list working for magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan. He then went on to design advertisements for the music industry, before designing an Album Cover for Sir Elton John in the early 70’s. He carried on doing what he was doing happily until the 1980’s when he was approached by the Oxford University Press when they saw his illustrations for the radio times. The told him that his illustrations would suit a Children’s audience and they wanted to publish his stuff. Since then he’s gone on to illustrate hundreds of books and write his own too. He was particularly credited for ‘The Happy Bee’ which won the gold award in the best toy awards, and ‘Lost in the Snow’, which was made into an animated film and was shown as a Christmas special on ITV in 1999.


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