Raised on a farm in rural Australia, Alex Ries is a Melbourne-based illustrator and concept artist with several years’ experience across the industry. His artwork has been featured by publishers and publications, including Australian Geographic, Pearson Education Canada and the Discovery Channel.~ ~He also works as a concept artist in the film and video games industries, including creature design for the video game Subnautica. Alex received a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne. He studied a diverse range of visual media including painting, 3D visualization and film – all of which provided him with a broad base of creative skill from which to operate.~ ~This education and experience, coupled with a strong interest in biology, zoology and real-world technology, has fostered an artistic style capable of accurately illustrating not only life from the real world but also from fiction.
2020 - Rocky Mountain Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2020 - Yellow Cedar Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, California Reading Association, Winner
2019 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, , Short-listed
2018 - Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, , Honor Book
2015 - Silver Birch Nonfiction, Forest of Reading, Runner-up