Alene Art: The Portfolio Website of Perth-based Illustrator Alison Mutton - Illustration for the children's market, book design, help with self-publishing, needle felting and portraiture

The Portfolio website of Australian children's illustrator and designer Alison Mutton

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Hello there!


My name is Alison Mutton and I'm an illustrator based in Perth, Western Australia. I hold a BA with Honours in Design from Curtin University; I majored in Illustration, but I also do design work. I specialise in children's illustration, including fairytale-style fantasy and historically-inspired illustration, but I can produce almost anything if I put my mind to it. I've never been beaten by a commission yet!


I've been drawing for as long as I could hold a pencil, and was fascinated by stories and books even before that, so the opportunity to combine these passions is one of the most fabulous things I can imagine. I relish each new job as a chance to expand my skills and perhaps try something that I have never done before. I'm happy using a variety of media (sometimes all in the same piece) – pencil, watercolour, coloured pencil, ink, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I'm allergic to oil paint, so that's one medium I steer clear of!

I've been freelancing as an illustrator since 2007, a year before I graduated, but I had done many portraiture commissions before that. To date I've worked on over 100 books for ReadyEd Publications, and in 2014 I did the illustrations for Sioban Timmer's Toughen Up, Princess. In 2016 I completed illustrations for the poetry book The Little Book of Silly Rhymes and Odd Verses by Ian Andrew, and self-published The Literary Romance Colouring Book. In 2017 I illustrated  Sioban Timmer's new picture book, Feral Fergus, published by Jasper Press as well as two private publications, Maria and the Shiny Red Car by Beverley Knezevic and Godfrey by Tim Holmes. In 2019 I worked on Aqua Dog for Lisa Van Der Weilen, Clancy The Quokka (written by Lili Wilkinson) and Allen and Unwin and the cover for HM Waugh's The Lost Stone of SkyCity for Fremantle Press. I love the way each commission is a completely new set of challenges, and enjoy adapting myself to suit different needs.


When I'm not drawing, I like to read, play the piano, needle felt and watch old movies, and I'm learning swing dancing. In a more perfect world I could do all of these things at the same time, and then I'd have even more time for drawing! My cavoodle Myrna makes sure I step away from my desk every day and get some exercise too.


My clients include


Allen and Unwin, Fremantle Press, ReadyEd Publications, Jasper Books, Ginninderra Press, Mitr Learning, Chalkface Press, Burswood Health, Evoke Media, Book Reality, Kelmscott Agricultural Society, Quality Publishing Australia, FutureTrack Australia and numerous private clients.

Selected Publications



Aquadog by Lisa Van Der Wielen: Author Publication

Clancy the Quokka by Lili Wilkinson: Allen and Unwin

The Lost Stone of SkyCity by HM Waugh: Fremantle Press (Cover)

The Life of Gus by Lisa Van Der Weilen and Stacey Fraticelli: Ronald McDonald House

                                                           Charities Western Australia (Graphic Design Only)

Online Classroom: Bullying is Not Okay: ReadyEd Publications



Alexander's Day by Beverley Knezevic: Author Publication

STEM Year 6: ReadyEd Publications

STEM Year 1: ReadyEd Publications

The Balance of Emptiness: Book Reality

I Hate Spiders: Mitr Learning

I Help My Family: Mitr Learning

TELEPAS 6-7: Publisher Unstated When Hired

Online Classroom: Geography Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: ReadyEd Publications

Media Arts 5-6: ReadyEd Publications

Design and Technology 1-2: ReadyEd Publications

Design and Technology 3-4: ReadyEd Publications

STEM 3-4: ReadyEd Publications



Godfrey by Tim Holmes: Private Publication by Chalkface Press

Maria and the Shiny Red Car by Beverley Knezevic: Author Publication

Online Classroom: Geography (Year 4): ReadyEd Publications

Feral Fergus by Sioban Timmer: Jasper Books

STEM 1 and 2: ReadyEd Publications

Understanding Everyday Maths 1 & 2: ReadyEd Publications

Healthy Mind, Happy Me 1: ReadyEd Publications

Healthy Minds 3-6: ReadyEd Publications



The Literary Romance Colouring Book: Self-published

The Little Book of Silly Rhymes & Odd Verses by Ian Andrew: Book Reality

English Series Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: ReadyEd Publications

Solving Maths Problems 1-2, 3-4 & 5-6: ReadyEd Publications

Maths Series Foundation, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: ReadyEd Publications

Media Arts 3–4: ReadyEd Publications

Ho, Ho, Ho and Other Christmas Songs: ReadyEd Publications



Life's Shadows by Barbara Gurney (Cover): Ginninderra Press

The Suitcase Cyclist by Barbara Swingler: Author Publication

Year 6 Economics and Business: ReadyEd Publications

Phys Ed 1-2: ReadyEd Publications



Toughen Up, Princess by Sioban Timmer: Jasper Books

Health Series 1-2, 3-4 & 5-6: ReadyEd Publications

Junior Health: ReadyEd Publications

Junior Asia: ReadyEd Publications

Civics & Citizenship Series 3, 4, 5 & 6: ReadyEd Publications



High Frequency Words Series, 3, 4 & 5-6: ReadyEd Publications

Cross Curriculum Series F-2 & 3-4: ReadyEd Publications

Our Asian Neighbours: ReadyEd Publications

Cut & Paste Maths 1 & 3: ReadyEd Publications

The Scavengers Series (Covers) by K.A. Merikan; Author Publication



Australian Geography Series Foundation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7A & 7B: ReadyEd Publications

Memoirs by an Older Sister by Aileen McKay: Author Publication

Cut & Paste Phonics 1, 3 & 4: ReadyEd Publications

Australian History Studies Foundation: ReadyEd Publications

Primary School Plays 1: ReadyEd Publications

Primary School Plays 2: ReadyEd Publications



Read & Succeed 1: ReadyEd Publications

Read & Succeed 2: ReadyEd Publications

Extending Students in Australian History: ReadyEd Publications

History for Juniors: ReadyEd Publications

Read & Succeed: ReadyEd Publications

Multi Level Literacy 1 & 2: ReadyEd Publications

History Series 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7: ReadyEd Publications

Fringo 2011 (Featured Illustration for pages on Persia / Arabian Nights)

Basic Language Skills 1, 2 & 3: ReadyEd Publications

All images copyright Alison Mutton 2017