TED DEWAN has been a full-time illustrator and writer since 1988. He grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, drawing pictures, making music, and creating things out of junk, and enjoyed an unlikely creative neighbourhood with numerous maturing artists and musicians, including comics guru Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), illustrator Christopher Bing (Casey at the Bat), Crispin Wood (guitarist of The Bags and multimedia artist) and of course, brother Brian Dewan.
He studied engineering and electronic music at Brown University in Rhode Island. While at Brown, he studied organ with university organist, Fred Macarthur, and drawing with author/illustrator David Macaulay, earning a degree in engineering.
For five years, he taught physics at Milton Academy just south of his native Boston. Moving to London in 1988, he freelanced for The Times Educational Supplement, the Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Telegraph as an illustrator. In addition, he struggled part time with his solo accordion act on London's cabaret/comedy circuit at such notorious venues as The Comedy Store and The Hackney Empire.
His three-dimensional fine art work has been exhibited in London, New York, and Oxford (see exhibitions/CV). They includes the filmstrip and installation, King of Instruments, a collaboration with Brian Dewan, a series of street works in Oxford including Business as Usual and Living Room, and of course, Cyclemas Tree. He has designed 3-D work for Seven Stories in Newcastle Upon Tyne,The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading, North London's infamous Raj Tea Rooms, and various Soho film studio window displays.
After becoming a father in 1998, he dedicated most of his time to writing and illustrating books (see bibliography). He occasionally reviews books and illustrates for The Times Educational Supplement and is a former chairman of the Children's Writers and Illustrator's Group (CWIG) of the Society of Authors.
In 2001, he moved from London to Oxford with his wife, author/illustrator Helen Cooper, and their daughter. There, he works closely with David Fickling at David Fickling Books. Author Philip Pullman gave him his famous shed in 2002, so long as he did creative work in it and promised to pass it on to another artist, writer, or musician when he was finished with it, if it hadn't turned to dust in the meantime. The shed was duly blessed and a covenant signed in a solemn ceremony in 2003.