Ian Coate Illustrations

Illustration Gallery

Ian Coate at work I love to create an artwork that tells a story.  As a child, I would lose myself in imaginative book illustrations which always inspired me to read the story or learn about what it was promoting.  I have found images to be a powerful stimulant for both education and advertising.
Below is a sampling of illustrations I have done over the years from covers to concepts. There are probably a number of illustrations that should be omitted for pacing, but for me this gallery is a pleasant walk down memory lane of the jobs I’ve done and people I’ve had the pleasure to work with.  I hope you enjoy.
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Water Colour Illustrations
The following illustrations are hand-painted using watercolours.  Once the painting is complete, I will scan, crop and touch-up the image on the computer.
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Numbat Cute Artwork by Ian Coate
Aussie Cute Baby Numbat
(Watercolour)
Illustration for "Aussie Cute"
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations Opera Singer
The Opera Singer & the Shearer
 (Watercolour) Book Cover Design for Mythic Australia
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Australian Billy on the campfire artwork
Willie-Wag Tales
 (Watercolour) Book illustration for Mythic Australia
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Surfing with the Beach Dragon
Surfing with the Beach Dragon
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for Mythic Australia
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Australian Fireman Tribute Helmet artwork by Ian Coate
Fireman Tribute
 (Watercolour) Book cover illustration for "Remember" by Julie Miller.
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Cute undersea creatures fantasy
Always Be Kind
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "A Wonderful Day" from Mythic Australia
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Cute desert fantasy creature
Helping a Mate
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "A Wonderful Day" from Mythic Australia
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Aboriginal Elder Storyteller by Ian Coate
The Storyteller
 (Watercolour) Artwork for Tourism. See more at Illustrating Australia
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Aboriginal Girl with Penguin by Ian Coate
Penguin Girl
 (Watercolour) Artwork for Tourism. See more at Illustrating Australia
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Surprise for Sunday School
A Smelly Surprise for Sunday School
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "The Magic Smell "
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An Enchanted Picnic Fantasy artwork by Ian Coate
An Enchanted Picnic
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "A Wonderful Day" from Mythic Australia
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Kip Nutter from Mythic Australia
Family Time
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "A Wonderful Day" from Mythic Australia
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Asleep on the Stars
Asleep on the Stars
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "Goodnight Australia"
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Cute Wombat Echidna and Kangaroo
Capital Adventures
(Watercolour)
Three cover illustration for "Capital Adventures" book series.
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Aussie BBQ Sausages in Deep Water
Sausages in Deep Water
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "The Aussie BBQ"
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Koala Tricking the Bunyips
Tricking the Bunyips
(Watercolour)
Book cover design for "Way Out Woop Woop "
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Biblical Chivalry
The Rescue
(Watercolour)
Book cover design for "Biblical Chivalry"
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The girl in monster closet
Boo! Scared You!
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "The Girl in Monster's Closet"
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Lonley Grave of Western Australia
The Lonely Grave
(Watercolour)
Cover illustration for "Lonely Graves of Western Australia" by Yvonne Coate
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Fremantle Prison by Ian Coate
Fremantle Prison
(Watercolour)
Illustration for "WA Tourism"
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Dropbear
Drop Bear
(Watercolour)
Book cover illustration for "Drop Bear "
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Drop Bear in the Tree
Beware Drop Bear !
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "Drop Bear "
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Drop Bear in the Rain
Drop Bear in the Rain
(Watercolour)
Book illustration for "Drop Bear "
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Kangaroo soldier and Kiwi Don't Mess with the ANZACs
Don't Mess with the ANZACs
(Watercolour)
Illustration for "ANZAC Day"
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Surnburnt on Aussie Beach
Sunburn
(Watercolour)
Illustrations for "Aussie Moments"
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Looking for wildlife in Australia
Where's the Wildlife?
(Watercolour)
Illustrations for "Aussie Moments"
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Mammoth Drop Bear in Australia
Mammoth Drop Bear
(Watercolour)
Illustration for "Mythic Australia"
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
Aussie Attitude Characters (Watercolour) Merchandise Illustration for Tourism
Aussie Icons Swagman Koala and Jillaroo Kangaroo
Aussie Icons Swagman Koala and Jillaroo Kangaroo
(Watercolour)
Illustration for "Aussie Icons Colouring Book "
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Ink and Digital Illustrations
The following illustrations are hand-drawn ink line-work that are scanned and digitally coloured in Photoshop.
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
Taming a Chinese Dragon
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring)
Book illustration for "The Mermaid and the Silly Billy"
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
A Genie's Wish
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring)
Book illustration for "The Mermaid and the Silly Billy"
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
Superhero Foods (Ink & coloured in Photoshop) Book Illustration for Foodbank WA
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
Adam and Eve in Garden of Eden
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring)
Book illustration for "Free Christian Illustrations"
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Australian Childrens Book Illustrations
Jesus Christ: The Door - The Way
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring)
Book illustration for "Free Christian Illustrations"
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Gary Goanna Cartoon Character Illustrations
Halloween Characters
Gary Goanna - Indigenous Health
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring)
Poster illustrations for Diabetes WA and Oral Health
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Sapper Artwork
SAPPER (Ink & coloured in Photoshop) T-Shirt Design for the British Engineers
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Halloween Characters
Cute Monsters Halloween Characters
Cute Halloween Monster Characters
Let's Do Life
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring)
Book illustrations for "Let's Do Life" by Gail Arroita
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Indigenous Health Illustration by Ian Coate
Stop the Spread Poster Indigenous Health Ian Coate
Indigenous Health
(Hand-drawn line work with digital colouring - Background artwork by indigenous artist)
Poster illustrations for "Government of WA".
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Aussie Book Week Illustration by Ian Coate
Aussie Book Week Illustration (Ink & coloured in Photoshop) Design for Book Week
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Pencil Illustrations
The following illustrations are hand-drawn, black and white, pencil artworks using 2H-4B pencils, stubs and eraser. 
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Swagman having billie tea with campfire
The Swagman's Duel
(Pencil)
Book illustration for the "Willie Wag-Tale" series from Mythic Australia.
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Dragon Class at Knight School
Dragon Class
(Pencil)
Book illustration for "A Day at Knight School ".
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Genie artist with Mona Lisa
Do You Wish To Be An Artist?
(Pencil)
Book illustration for "A Dog's Wish".
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Gorilla and meercats illustration for zoo
Meercats and Gorilla
(Pencil)
Illustrations for "Zoo Merchandise".
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Mythic Australia Artworks By Ian Coate Tattle
Mythic Australia Artworks By Ian Coate Undersea
Mythic Australia Artworks By Ian Coate Pip Squeak
Mythic Australia Artworks By Ian Coate Desert Nutters
The Magical Land of Mythic Australia
(Pencil)
Illustrations for "Mythic Australia Books".
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Australian Soldier asleep under a gumtree
A Quick Nap
(Pencil)
Illustrations for "Digger Jack".
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