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Stephen Biesty has worked as a freelance illustrator since 1985 creating a wide variety of information books for both adults and children. He studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic gaining a BA, and then went on to do an MA at City of Birmingham Polytechnic where he specialised in historical and architectural cutaways. He lives in a small Somerset village with his wife and son.

Stephen became internationally successful in the 1990s for his best-selling 'Incredible Cross-Section' books published by Dorling Kindersley which have sold over 3.5 million copies world-wide and have been printed in 16 languages. These world famous illustrations regularly appear in magazine articles and have been reused many times for lucrative spin-off products such as pop-up books, CD Roms, souvenir posters, calendars and jigsaws.


He has won several prestigious awards including 'The New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award' in 1993, and 'The UK Literary Association Children's Book Award' 2004. His illustrations have appeared in important exhibitions including 'The Magic Pencil' at the British Library in 2003 selected by Quentin Blake, and the 'You Are Here' exhibition of information design at the Design Museum in 2005.

He has created illustrations for high profile architectural projects such as the Millennium Dome in 1999 and  the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2000. He has also worked on digital media projects which involve moving images, such as an animated film for the new exhibition at Tower Bridge in 2009, and a website for the USS Constitution Museum Boston in 2010 to celebrate the bicentenary of this famous American warship.

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