Hello! I'm Carla Martell, an illustrator and designer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Ever since I can remember I've been drawing little animals and people, often with hats on. All that doodling practice led me along a curly path to my current destination, illustrating children's books and creating characters that make people smile.
Most of my designs are drawn by hand then digitally combined with handmade textures and typography. I'm a big fan of printmaking, writing words that go with pictures and turning my hand to making images move. I'm also a licensed artist, creating designs for products such as gift wrap, greeting cards, wall art and homewares.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions, suggestions, commissions or design requests - I'd love to hear from you.
TULIP AND DOUG: A Spud-tacular Friendship Story
Emma Wood & Carla Martell (Scholastic)
Tulip was famous in her neighbourhood for two reasons: 1. She was a fearless adventurer. 2. She went everywhere with a seriously strange sidekick-a potato, called Doug!
Tulip and Doug are inseparable, until catastrophe strikes and Tulip loses her best spuddy buddy. She is inconsolable, until she makes a new friend. A boy. With a pet rock ... called Susan.
'Carla Martell's illustrations are adorable, reminding me of another favourite artist, Oliver Jeffers. The colours are vibrant and pop off the page. The view of adventureland, at least Tulip's, is spectacular.' THE GROOVE BOOK REPORT
'Carla Martell's illustrations are super fun and vibrant, hitting that right spot between current and not-too-likely-to-date-too-soon - not always an easy feat. The design makes good use of each whole double-page spread but plays around with the ways that it does so, and Carla plays with perspective in ways that really pull you into the story and give it dimension.' BRIAR LAWRY: THE SAPLING
CHRISTMAS IN SUMMER:
Suzy Cato, Itty Bitty Beats & Carla Martell (Scholastic)
It's a sunny summer's Christmas Day in New Zealand. Santa is having a fun day at the beach, surfing and cooking a barbecue for Mrs Claus and his reindeer.
This catchy new sing-along song by well-known New Zealand entertainer Suzy Cato and the Itty Bitty Beats will be a hit. Finally, there's a song and book that reflects Christmas Day as we know it in New Zealand - in summer, not a snowflake in sight.
'Carla Martell's whimsical and quirky illustrations, in a fresh and funky palette, offer much for young readers to spot. There's plenty of Kiwi icons - bright pōhutukawa blooms, flitting pīwakawaka, and puffy pavlova. But hidden within those uniquely New Zealand scenes, there's classic Christmas icons too - with snowmen, Santa hats and Christmas tree ornaments hiding within the pages.'
REBEKAH LYELL: NZ BOOK LOVERS