Dapo Adeola is an award-winning designer and illustrator who creates fun and upbeat characters and images that challenge gender and racial stereotypes.
He's the co-creator and illustrator of the best-selling picture book, Look Up, which won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize in 2019 and was also the number one debut picture book that same year. Based in London, Dapo also gives back to the creative community offering workshops to children as well as supporting other black artists and illustrators.
Here, we talk about carving a career out of art and design, the importance of representation in publishing and why kindness and compassion will keep you sane. We also discover why Dapo had to turn down Disney twice.