Who the Heck
is Louie Deck?
Writer/Illustrator Louis Decrevel (pronounced Louie Decra-vel, see right), lives on a hobby farm in the beautiful Inman Valley, South Australia, where he and his wife homeschool their nine hilarious kids.
He won the Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in 2022 for Picture Book Illustration, and in 2021 won the Faber Writing Academy Scholarship for Writing for Children, was runner up for the Book Links Mentorship for his Middle Grade fantasy novel, won both second place and a commendation in the New England Illustration Prize, and wrote a poem that won a prize worth almost $1,000 from Pencraft SA. His experience of the Faber Scholarship can be read here.
Illustration clients include Quarto Publishing (London), Cryptowat.ch (New York), The Australian Government, Silicon Chip Magazine, The City of Onkaparinga, Nova FM, and Westfield, among others, including contributing to Ben Hatke's Eisner-winning Little Robot for Macmillan (New York).
He has a Master of Visual Art & Design [Illustration] and a Bachelor of Arts [Multimedia] from UniSA. His Master’s thesis, Word and Picture at Play, is about how text and images interact in picture books.
He's also completed Writing for Children at Faber Writing Academy, Writing Picture Books at AWC and Drawing for Comics at CDW Studios.
His artwork and methods are featured in Whoosh! 250 Ways to Get Motion into Your Drawings, published by B.E.S. (US) and Search (UK). He’s also working on dozens of original stories, from picture books to fantasy to historical fiction, and he’s an avid reader of the 19th/20th century classics and modern MG/YA fiction and all-ages graphic novels.
He is a member of SCBWI, CBCA, ASA, 12x12, CKT, and The Australian Writers' Marketplace.
His work is featured in The Style File.
Please refer to this
Handy Rhyming Pronunciation Guide:
I think I smell something pooey,
Has anybody seen Louis?
It’s a 'stagnant Nile delta’ smell,
Definitely a Decrevel.
That magic spell went screwy!
Bumbling wizard Louis.
He sure knows how to wreck a spell,
He needs (around his neck) a bell,