Natelle is a Malaysian-born illustrator who grew up in New Zealand, and now lives in leafy Southeast England with her husband, an apathetic cat, and a loud-snoring dog.
Natelle currently focuses on children’s illustration, in particular picture books, young fiction, and non-fiction. She loves to use bold colours and cinematic perspectives to draw audiences into her worlds. Working digitally, her illustrations often revolve around real life themes commingled with fantastical adventures. Natelle draws from constant evolving influences, from popular culture, to her heritage and personal experiences, through to the natural world.
In her free time Natelle loves to explore nature trails with her husband, cuddle her pets, and tend to her seemingly endless collection of house plants.
Got a project in mind? Let's work together! For enquiries related to children’s picture books, non-fiction, middle grade/young fiction, and YA, please contact Natelle’s agent Alice Williams at Alice Williams Literary Agency. For all other enquiries related to custom commissions and art licencing, please drop Natelle an email at natelle.quek@gmail.com
Jan 2020 – One of three awarded SCBWI BIPOC Women’s Scholarship
Nov 2019 – Winner of SCBWI BI “Beginning, Middle and End” Winchester Conference Illustrator Competition
Nov 2019-Present – Member of AOI
Oct 2019-Present – Member of SCBWI
Oct 2022 – Power In Numbers Exhibition, Nucleus Gallery Portland, OR
Jun 2022 Booktrust Blog: We Live in a Wonderful Multicultural World
Feb 2022 – Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrator’s Virtual Wall
Feb 2022 – SCBWI BI Words & Pics: REPRESENTATION New Lunar Year
Nov 2021 – Power In Numbers Exhibition, Nucleus Gallery Portland, OR
Aug 2020 – SCBWI Bulletin Summer 2020 edition
May 2020 – Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrator’s Virtual Wall
May 2020 – SCBWI BI Words & Pictures Featured Illustrator of the Month
Apr 2020 – SCBWI BI Words & Pictures: BIPOC Women’s Scholarship
Jan 2020 – SCBWI Featured Illustrator of the Month

My desk; tools I use include Procreate App, iPad Pro, and Photoshop CC

Studio space (spot the cat!)

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