Viviane Schwarz

Viviane Schwarz makes books, comics and games.

Viviane was born in Germany. As a child she spent a lot of time inventing and making things with her family. She developed a strong interest in science and technology and traditional methods and crafts.

After university in Bonn where Viviane studied American Literature and Linguistics she moved to England where she studied illustration at Falmouth College of Arts.

Viviane has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books and a graphic novel and her books have been translated and published internationally. She also designs games and interactive installations which have featured at events on South Bank and international games festivals.

She lives and works in Croydon, South London.

Have a look at Viviane's wonderful contributions to our Letters from Lockdown and What Makes You Smile? projects. How to Find Gold was our Book of the Week - look here for a video and lots of activities.

  • 2011 Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award
  • Children’s Book Award 2016
  • 2016 Little Rebels Award

Praise for How to Find Gold

Schwarz’s illustrations are truly lovely, from the simple lines of the characters to the stunning double spreads of the discovery itself. This story celebrates the imagination, play and adventure – children (and adults) will be behind Anna and Crocodile all the way.


Did you know…

  • Viviane says:
    I don't remember a time in which I did not want to make books, I hardly remember a time where I wasn't making books. As soon as I could make traces on paper, I started folding that paper in half, stacking it up. It's what I do.

  • I love dance – I used to be a pretty good tap dancer, I learned it from age six and had lessons for a decade or so.

  • I like to build with cardboard and to write on my laptop and to draw with Blackwing Pencils and ink. Ink is my favourite medium of all. I always have ink-stained hands.

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Viviane shows us how to create a character

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