About Advocate Art
Advocate Art was founded in 1992, with a group of illustrators who liked the idea of having an agent but not the other things that often came with that. We call our ethos four “F.A.C.T.s”: Fairness, Ability, Creativity and Trust. It’s about doing the right thing and being with the right people. We think our principles set us apart from conventional agencies, sticking to them has meant we have attracted the most creative illustrators and artists who in turn attract (with a little help) the best clients. The people we represent are perfectly able to conduct their own affairs but like working with Advocate Art because we offer value to them in the services we provide. Clients are assured that we represent artists that are like-minded professionals, pre-vetted and able not only to get the job done without fuss, but also to surpass expectations. It’s their choice to be with us, we have a high retention rate - with the most popular artists in our group being with us from the start! We were one of the first Agencies to give direct client contact with our illustrators, allowing creativity to flow without being diluted in translation. We were one of the first to offer re-sales as an important secondary income to artists. Now we have gone beyond that too, with the development of an on-line portal - ARTicle which enables artists to have transparency into the back office functions of the business, such as royalty management and credit control, amongst other things.Business is all about relationships, which is why we have a very high artist to agent ratio, clients often use us as artistic advisors, project managers as well a trend forward resource for pre-qualified talent. It is for these reasons that Advocate Art has become the largest illustration agency around and I’d like to think one of the most respected but- we understand we didn’t get that way by acting like the biggest. Come and find out for yourself…
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01 ADAM PRYCE
My name is Adam and I am a freelance illustrator based in Manchester. My artwork is fun and colourful, confidently blending traditional and modern design skills. I enjoy printmaking, particularly mono printing, and love to find new textures to include in my artwork. My drawing style is energetic and spontaneous - I feel my style has really matured and evolved over the last 12 months and I am excited to see where this progresses. My freelance work has allowed me to work on various project types such as editorial, advertising and - my most favourite children’s books. I adore drawing animals - especially bears and tigers - and I am currently writing and illustrating my own children’s books featuring such animals. In the future, I would like to continue illustrating my own and other people’s children’s stories and possibly own a greyhound to take on long walks.
Albert Pinilla was born in Barcelona in 1984. Since childhood he has had a strong interest in drawing. When he was younger, he drew in his free time and in school he filled the margins of his notebooks with doodles. When he finished school he studied graphic design at Industries Gràfiques Antoni Algueró. Then he studied ceramics at Escola d’arts i Oficis and sculpture at La Llotja. Later he worked as a graphic designer and also as a personal assistant in schools. Currently he works full-time as an illustrator. He has been working for publishing companies in Finland, Spain, UK and the U.S. He specially enjoys illustrating for a young public. After work he spends time with his two daughters, his partner and friends.
Alida Massari is an Italian artist specializing in illustration for children, including picture books and stationery products. She was born in Rome, where she qualified in art at high school and then went on to specialise in illustration at the European Institute of Design. She has always loved art from a young age. Alida finds inspiration for her work from the architectural details of the ancient buildings, from folk traditions and ancient art.
Alison Edgson was born in County Down in Northern Ireland. She worked in the computer department of a bank before studying Visual Communication at the University of Ulster in Belfast. After graduating with a First, she and her husband Jeff moved to an old chapel in the Usk Valley in Wales where she now paints and illustrates children’s books and greetings cards. She spends most of her free time trying to tame the tangle of Welsh hillside that is her ‘garden’, indulging the cat and walking her two energetic Labradors, and loves running and generally getting involved in village life.
Amanda Burnett is a childrenâ€™s illustrator based in Mandurah, Western Australia, where she enjoys coastal life with her husband and children. She studied Illustration Design at Curtin University. Her artwork is whimsical, fun, and full of surprises (often in the form of unexpected mice!). She works primarily in ink and watercolour, enjoying their playful effects, but she has recently begun experimenting with digital illustration too!
Andy has always loved drawing; one of his earliest memories is of his dad bringing home reams of scrap paper from the printers for him to use because he went through so much. Eventually he went on to study Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University, where, during his second year he won the Macmillan prize for the design and illustration of a childrenâ€™s book. Since then he has worked freelance, mainly on childrenâ€™s books, illustrating over one hundred books for clients such as Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Usborne, Hachet, Lerner, Pearson, Franklin Watts, OUP and many others. He has also worked artistically in the voluntary sector as well as mural work, portraiture, printed products and surface pattern design. Andy lives in Greater Manchester, England, with his partner and two children.
After gaining a Diploma in Painting at the School of Fine Arts, Anna Shuttlewood went on to graduate with a BA in Mural Painting and Fine Arts from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. Trained in the classical styles of Art, Anna has a strong fondness for the more traditional painting techniques. She has had an enduring love of animals and drawing since her childhood. Witnessing the endearing, humanlike and often humourous characters of the family cat and dog, she would make sketches of them, studying their behaviour and the relationship between them. Anna has for several years now worked as an illustrator, creating pictures for greetings cards and childrenâ€™s books. More recently however, she has started to write her own stories to accompany her illustrations.
Living in the rural Ribble Valley, always with a BullTerrier by my side, I like to paint z draw the cute and magical world. Watercolour and pencil are what I use to achieve lots of atmosphere, movement and humour. I donâ€™t have digital skills, so every line has to count!
Hello! I’m an illustrator from Croatia, where I live with my husband and our 2 girls. I graduated from School of Applied Art & Design in Textile dept. but my passion from an early age was creating cute and whimsical characters. Growing up on the coast I was fascinated by nature, my hands always full of bugs, lizards or some sea creatures while playing on the beach-I was fearless! I think exploring the nature was crucial for developing my imagination. The other thing I always loved was listening to my Mom’s bed time stories-they always felt so real, as if I transcended into that imaginery world. A lot of that influence can be seen in my work today through my illustrative style. I love playing with textures and patterns and I love combining hand drawn icons with digital. I’m very drawn to blue hues with bright and vibrant colours. I really love what I do and I honestly hope it’s what I’ll be doing when I’m old and wrinkled because I never saw myself doing anything else!
10 ANUKI LOPEZ
Ana López is twenty-five years old and studied Fine Arts Grade at the University of Seville in Spain. She has been drawing since she can remember; a notebook and colour pencils were her favourite toys. Once she’d grown up, she studied Art and Graphic Design Art at university. In her final year, she discovered the fantastic world of children illustration and fell in love with it. She loves working and living her life as an illustrator, bringing children illustrations that are full of colour, magic, humour, animals, respect and, of course, love. Since she graduated a year ago, she has been thinking about her own projects, such as “Coco & Cookie” and “The Seven Crows”, she has illustrated some book covers, like “Burbuja Espejo” by Carmen M. Lobato (Editorial Seler) and she has written and illustrated a tale for a Movies, Series and Comic event in Seville (SevillaFicción) for more than fifty children.
Ayesha L. Rubio was born in Madrid, Spain, one cold afternoon in February. Like many other children, she loves drawing, but unfortunately for her family, any surface is an empty canvas for herâ€Ś Her grandfather teaches her how to draw horses and to choose paper instead of furniture or walls, as a better material to draw on. Years later, she studies Fine Arts at the Complutense University in Madrid, and finishes her degree in Leeds, England.
Barbara is an Italian based illustrator published in the UK, Italy, USA, Korea, Australia and publications all over the world. She especially likes working for little children and inventing funny animals of all sorts. As her two sons are grown up, she enjoys doing workshops and presentations in museums, schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals, where she can still tell stories to little ones. Her work has been exhibited in collective shows in Italy, Paris and London. She was selected for the Best British Contempory Illustrators in 2009 and 2010 and for Illustratori Italiani Annual from 2006 till 2014. When sheâ€™s not illustrating books she does paintings and illustrations for children areas of cruise lines She also enjoys theatre practice and contemporary dance.
Beatriz Castro was born on September 19, 1985, in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. When she was a little girl, she was always drawing and was writing fantastic stories. She studied at the school of arts in her native town, Logroño. After graduating in Illustration at the School of arts in Logroño from 2004 to 2008, she embarked on a career as a professional illustrator. Beatriz has worked on book covers, picture books and educational textbooks with a number of international publishers. She loves make colored illustrations and funny character designs. She likes animals and books, classic stories and fairy tales and listens to rock and punk music..
I’m Betowers, I was born in Ciudad Real, Spain. Growing up, I was always surrounded by crayons and pencils, preparing potions with penmarker’s ink imaging that I was a little witch. I was fortunate enough to study art starting at age sixteen, but it wasn’t until my last year at university that I realized being an Illustrator was a viable career option for me. I like to draw charismatic character that children can emphasize with by using humour and powerful colours. I’ve always loved the Hanna Barbera animation studio, Mary Blair’s gouaches and design from Mid Century.
15 COSEI KAWA
Cosei Kawa has enjoyed a career as a childrenâ€™s illustrator since completing his MA in IlluÂŹstration at Falmouth University, UK. He plays the piano and likes doodling on the beach looking at Mt. Fuji. He is an associate professor at Sizuoka University of Art and Culture.
Hi, I’m David. I’m an illustrator and designer from Hamilton, New Zealand. Inspired as a child by picture books, animation, and all things arty, I spent endless hours drawing crazy characters and coming up with silly stories. Now, as an adult, and with a child of my own, I’m still inspired by picture books, animation, and all things arty. And I still spend endless hours drawing crazy characters and coming up with silly stories. I’m passionate about illustrating for children, especially picture books, and I’m particularly excited by the opportunity to bring fun, imagination, and fantastically silly scenarios that expand the realms of reality to kids around the world. Aside from illustration, I own a graphic design company, which has been in operation since 2009. I hold a Bachelor degree in Computer Graphic Design from the University of Waikato and Wanganui Polytech. I am also an SCBWI member.
Dragan is a freelance illustrator based in Croatia. After he passed his MA in Applies Graphics he went on to work as a graphic designer, mostly designing posters for the education and culture sectors. After experiencing work on a number of more significant illustration projects, Dragan decided that he much preferred it to graphic design and wanted to pursue illustration full time. Beside his enthusiasm for art, Dragan finds inspiration by exploring nature and reading books, everything from literary classics to illustrated adventures for children to young adults.
Dubravka studied at Savannah College of Art and Design in the USA and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, where she got a degree in a painting.
She published her first book, A Special Day, in the USA at the age of eighteen. Since then, Dubravka has devoted herself to children’s book illustration. She is very proud of her lonstanding collaboration with UNICEF. Dubravka has designed more then 80 cards and posters for them. Her books have featured on CBeebies Bedtime Hour. Dubravka’s work was awarded by the Oshima Museum of Children’s picture books in Japan. Her illustrations were also awarded and appeared in 3x3, a magazine of contemporary illustrations. For years, she has volunteered in projects for the protection of the environment and animals throughout the world. All her travels and time spent in such wonderful parts of the globe as the Amazon rainforest, African savannah, Borneo, Galapagos, the remote Pacific coral reef or Artic and Antarctica are a constant source of inspiration.
Ela Jarzabek lives in Katowice, Poland. From an early age, Ela loved to draw and paint. When she was just a few years old and did not even know how to write, she added her own drawings to her already illustrated fairy tale books. Soon she was creating her own stories with animals and princesses. Several years ago Ela graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow as a graphic designer and painter. She now works as a freelance illustrator . . . and still loves to paint animals, princesses, and many other things as well.
Hello, my name is Elena Iarussi. I was born in 1990 in Chieti, actually living in Florence. Since I was a kid, I always had a passion for drawing, but I began to grow it professionally when I was an adult. I graduated at “liceo scientific F. Masci” of Chieti in 2009. At first I didn’t think it would be possible to make of my passion for drawing a profession, so I enrolled at “G. D’Annunzio” university of Chieti.I quit my studies of modern literature at the second year to undertake a career in the field of illustration and finally giving vent to my artistic feeling, following my dream. I enrolled at Nemo NT academy of digital arts of Florence, chosing the course of Entertainment design, dedicated to illustration, digital and traditional, and to Concept Design. In October 2014 I attended a master held by Disney and Dreamworks’ animator: Sandro Cleuzo. In June 2015 I graduated at Nemo Academy of digital arts with a valuation of 30/30.
I was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, where I carried out my studies as a professional Illustrator. A few years ago, I moved to Rosario City, where I live with my little son, my husband, my animals and my cactus collection. Since I was a child, I’ve been captivated by images, stories, colours, animals, books, materials, the scent of ink and paper, and above all: my imagination. My work is based on telling stories, creating characters, developing illustrated contents, solving communication issues and providing images wherever they could be necessary. I’ve been dedicating myself to the field of children’s and editorial illustration for over 15 years, using traditional techniques, digital and mixed media. The best part of this profession is being able to draw animals, play with colours and take advantage of the magic of illustrations, accessing the places that can’t be reached through words alone.
Emanuela was born in 1986 in Rome, where she grew up - she now lives in Anguillara Sabazia, a little village on the coast of lake Bracciano. She graduated from the International School of Comics, where she studied artistic drawing, graphic design and illustration. She’s grateful that her family has always supported her. During the years after her studies, she has worked with a number of publishers and has participated in various competitions. This year, the Sharjah Book Authority will exhibit her illustrations for “Beauty and the Beast”.
I’m Erica Salcedo and I’m a freelance illustrator. I live in the peaceful town of Cuenca (Spain), where I was born in 1983. I completed a fine arts degree at the UCLM and then I decided to continue my education, going on to do a Master’s degree in graphic design and illustration at the UPV in Valencia. Since I graduated, I’ve been working as an illustrator, and I participated in a bunch of cool projects with different publishing houses in many different countries.
My name is Eugenia Nobati and I was born in 1968, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I still live with my family, two cats and a dog. I started as a Graphic Designer in 1990, but in 1997, I decided to dedicate my time exclusively to illustration, mostly to childrenâ€™s books. I have worked with a variety of media, from postage stamps to packaging and character designs for animation, always in my own style. Over the years, my work has been published in nine countries and more than forty books.
Evgeny was born in Russia, and studied at the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. As an illustrator he has enjoyed a great deal of success, taking part in a number of high-profile exhibitions all around the world, from Italy to Japan. His work has also made him the recipient of many awards, including the Bologna Ragazzi Award (2004), and he was twice nominated for the Astrid Lingren award (2009 and 2010). Evgenyâ€™s approach to illustration is flexible, and he enjoys creating unique imagery in a range of media for each new story that he works on. He currently lives and works in Moscow, Russia.
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Ferdinando Bastini was born on a little farm in the Tuscan countryside. As a young boy he loved cartoons, comic books and video games After many years of working on the family farm, in 2012 he decided to change his life and moved to Florence to study entertainment design at the NEMO Academy. He graduated in 2015, and has been working as a freelance illustrator since.
Giulia was born in Rome in 1993 and, while she’s dreaming of living somewhere near the ocean, she’s still living in good old Rome. She loves traveling around the world, but since traveling can be pretty expensive, she likes to travel with her mind through her art. She has drawn since she can remember and will never forget the moment she realized that ‘drawing’ could be an actual job. Giulia attended the Institute of Art and the International School of Comics, trying to get as good as she can and she constantly endeavors to improve. If you can hear songs and the snoring of her black Labrador coming from her room, you’ll know that she’s completely immersed in a new illustration. Each work she creates is like a new adventure and she just hopes that you’ll love each one as much as she enjoys creating them!
I was born in the late 80’s in a city called Criciúma, in the south of Brazil. I always loved drawing. Watching cartoons and doodling kittens were my favourite activities as a kid. When I grew up, I decided to apply my drawing skills to what – I considered at the time – a more “practical” career. I got a job creating prints for textiles, and ended up studying Fashion Design in college. After I graduated, I quit my job, and moved to Dublin to study English for a year. I fell madly in love with the city, and applied for an Illustration course at BCFE. While studying Illustration, I could experiment a lot of new my materials and leave my digital background aside, and got in touch with more traditional medias, which I think gave a more organic feel to my work. I moved back to Brazil in 2014 and have worked with illustration for books, magazines, textiles and games.
Heather Heyworth lives in a sleepy Suffolk English market town. Since an early age she has enjoyed drawing and making things. She recalls making dollhouses out of cardboard boxes and creating tiny fabric mice and fairies in pretty dresses, which helped her get her Brownies toy making badge.
Unsurprisingly she went on to study art, obtaining a higher diploma in art and design at Goldsmiths College, London. Her first job was for a graphics studio in Kensington London, where she later became Studio Manager. In need of a change and craving more creativity she later landed a job with the greeting card company Gordon Fraser. Her introduction into the world of children’s books started with illustrating, designing and co-publishing a range of activity books for Igloo. She has also assisted selling children’s books at the children’s book fairs in Bologna and Frankfurt, something that she enjoyed immensely. She has a passion for illustration and can’t imagine doing anything else. She works with a combination of traditional coloured pencils and digital, Photoshop, Carol Painter, Illustrator.
Hedi Fekete was born in Romania, into a Hungarian family. From an early age, she enjoyed watching cartoons and listening to bedtime stories read by her mother. After a few years of studying piano, she switched to art classes and graduated from an arts high school, and then went on to study graphic design and book illustration at university. After getting her BA Degree at university, she started to work as a freelance artist, and since then she illustrated multiple books, colouring books and board games and created character designs for various clients. Her favourite things to draw are humans, fantasy, animals, backgrounds and designing props, but she is always open to new challenges and new ideas! In her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching movies and biking.
31 HUI SKIPP
I originally graduated from the National Taiwan University of Art, where I studied sculpture. This gave me a solid classical training within the field of fine art. After working many years in graphic design, greetings-card creation and even TV set design, I took some illustration courses in a local college and also private lessons with illustrators, and then began building my career in this field. Since I grew up in a tropical country (in London I still have to wear 4 or 5 layers!), naturally I love to use bright colours and I draw a lot of inspiration from tropical plants. I also l ove to draw animals, especially cats; particularly black cats. I love exploring different materials. I use a lot of water colour, block print, pastels, and sometimes I draw directly on the computer.
IVANA G KUMAN
Ivana graduated from the Arts Academy in Zagreb and now she works as an illustrator, film writer, animator, comic author and writer. She illustrates picture books, books and course books. Ivana also works as an illustrator of childrenâ€™s magazines. She is the author of two comic strips published in childrenâ€™s magazines and the illustrator, visual designer and animator of the several series on Croatian Television. She created 30 short animated films for children and one for young adults and has written and illustrated six picture books and three novels for young adults. She received many awards for her work as illustrator, and also as writer and film author. She currently lives at Zagreb with her husband, baby girl and a diabetic cat.
Jacqueline has been illustrating children’s books for many years. She has worked above a chocolate factory, from a caravan by the sea and now works from home near a city farm, with her faithful dog curled up near her feet! She has illustrated books that have been published across the globe and when asked what is her inspiration she says, “everything!”
Born and raised in Sheffield, I studied illustration at Wolverhampton University after a childhood spent sketching and painting. I went on to have a long career as an in-house illustrator for several greeting card publishers, working on branded characters and also on original illustration. Over the years, this taught me to develop many different styles and to work in many different media. Although a large part of my illustrations are done digitally now, I still like to do line-art in my sketchpad and get the paints out and make marks.
Jean Claude is a self-taught illustrator living and working in Manchester, UK. While heâ€™s most at home with his drawing tablet and a cup of strong coffee, Jean also enjoys long walks with his dog Ted, preparing elaborate meals and visiting the zoo for artistic inspiration!
Joaquín Camp, (Buenos Aires, 1987) is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer Graduated from the University of Buenos Aires. His illustrations have been in different supports ranging from printed paper, magazines and animations. Some of its clients were La Nación newspaper, La Marca Editora, Latinlab and Little Bee Books, among others. He was a professor at the University of Buenos Aires for some years in the field Illustration of the Roldán Chair at FADU. Currently teaches workshops on children's illustration in Moebius space. He is also co-founder of Coquín, a venture dedicated to the creation of self-irrigation pots and aims to bring the green space to small places.
37 JON DAVIS
Pirates, Old Elephants, Witches in Bloomers, Bear’s on Bikes, Ugly Cats, Sweet Kids, whatever you want... Jon Davis always loved drawing as a child, thinking p characters and stories - paints, pencils, felt tips, crayons, anything would do. So he decided to study Illustration at Glyndwr University, Wrexham. Now, he has illustrated more than 50 books for publishers across the globe. He works digitally, in Photoshop with a tablet and pen.His first self-penned Picture book, “Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night” came out recently and he is currently working on some further concepts for picture books.
My name is Karina. I was born in 1987 in the province, now I live in Moscow. My grandmother was an artist. She wrote big canvases, and I watched her. I studied at the children’s art school. I studied at the Art College at the Faculty of Animation My inspiration is friends and books. I think my works are funny and a little crazy I make sketches on paper and color them in Photoshop When someone ask me about my career I’m proud to answer that I’m an illustrator My favorite illustration is Star-keeper I love to take pictures and cook I like animals so much, I have two cats and a dog If I were not an artist, I would become an interpreter My favorite book is “Of Mice and Men” I wish to live in the countryside. I can not create without music. I am a music lover
Since studying Illustration at Falmouth University, Kasia has been working within Childrenâ€™s publishing as a Designer and Illustrator. She loves drawing detail of everyday objects as well as bringing fairy tale characters to life.
Kate is Belorussia-based Childrenâ€™s book illustrator. She lives in a small town near Minsk with her daughter who, together with her friends, is a constant inspiration for her he watercolour illustrations. Kate loves chidlhood memories of adventures and discoveries, and thinks thatâ€™s the happiest time of our lives. This certainly gives her work a touch of nostalgia. When not illustrating chidlrenâ€™s books, Kate devotes her time to teaching kids art in her localcommunity,.
41 KATIE ABEY
Katie Abey is an illustrator human who lives in a teeny hobbit-like house in Derbyshire with a cat, a hedgehog and a husband. Her work provides illustrative doses of happiness and motivation along with a little dash of sarcasm. She is a big lover of animals and her work often features creatures looking slightly nonchalant, perturbed or even a bit deranged. She likes using a lot of colour in her work and this love of colour is reflected in her brightly coloured studio space and her hair, which frequently changes colour to match its surroundings. When Katie is not drawing awkward cats and llamas she enjoys yoga, reading and referring to herself in the third person.
The best part of my job is creating new characters from the top of my head, for me thatâ€™s where the magic starts when writing and illustrating, and of lots of silly humour, making children laugh is important. I love to work with bold on trend colours ,patterns and textures ,I work digitly which I self taught after leaving university in 2001. I like to think even though I work digitly its as close to hand drawn as possible using different bush tools just like pen and paper,I like things to look cute but really quirky. I live in kent with my two children and partner Graham and our three crazy cats,my family are a great influence in my work, and my children are the stars of my last two childrenâ€™s books. Drawing and writing what is close to home is what I do best. In my spare time I love to go running , drinking lots of tea and far too much coffee- and having a good old gossip with my crazy Mum friends.
I live and work in a small Victorian terraced house with my two cats on the edge of Chorlton nature reserve, on the outskirts of Manchester. I’ve made a living from illustration for the past 28 years, working mainly in children’s books and now developing ideas for licensing. I work, supervised by my 2 cats, to radio 2 or radio 4 and I love music - a jazzy tune to tickle our ears or something from Otis Redding, Areatha Franklin... we love the 60’s stuff! When I’m not in my studio I like to spend a day in bookshops or go to an exhibition. Most days I walk through the nature reserve and I feel the heron’s know me now! I’m also a member of Prospect Print studios and Hotbed Press studios and I sell my etchings, lino-prints and collographs at craft fairs. I also enjoy gardening and recently gardening and flowers are creeping into my work a lot more! I love to go in my studio everyday, radio on, furry supervisors at my side, coffee and biscuits at the ready and create pictures all day!
Laura was born in Monterrey, Mexico. Drawing was one of her favourite pasttimes when she was a child. Her parents were very supportive of her passion, so she attaended drawing classes since the age of 8. She then went on to get a degree in Graphic Design, but after graduating ended up persuing a career in Illustration and make her chidlhood dream come true.
Lauren Mendez is a petite and bubbly illustrator, currently living among the trees just outside of Portland, Oregon. Originally from California, she attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in Studio Arts. Lauren’s colorful illustrations are digitally painted but always start as colored pencil drawings (the Prismacolor Verithin pencils are her jam!). Her favorite part of an illustration is concepting the characters. A lot of research, scribbles and coffee are necessary in order to get the character’s personality just right. And playing with facial features, clothing details, and body poses is tons of fun! After a day of drawing and painting indoors, Lauren enjoys running through the trees, chasing the chipmunks and admiring the designs of the wild mushrooms. Don’t ask her to eat them though; mushrooms taste yucky!
I graduated with a degree in illustration in 2004 and have been lucky enough to have had a career as an illustrator ever since. Working in-house for greeting card companies for 10 years has taught me to be adaptable in style as well as the importance of sticking to briefs and working to tight deadlines. Since going freelance and joining Advocate in 2014, I have enjoyed working on a wide variety of projects, from childrenâ€™s book and greetings card illustration to toy designing. I am hard working, reliable and endeavour to communicate at all stages of the brief. I work from my home studio in Gloucestershire and have a nice man and a little girl.
Louise was born in 1987 - most likely with a pencil in her hand! Her passion for drawing started at around 4 years old. Nothing was safe from her coloured pencils! She spent most of her childhood watching cartoons and drawing comics to give to her favourite teachers. She went on to graduate from Newcastle College in 2008 with a BA Hons in Illustration and Animation. Louise currently lives with her fiancĂŠ in a small town in the North East just outside Newcastle upon Tyne. She works from home in a small studio (and sometimes from the sofa) being supervised by three noisy and very naughty Jack Russell Terriers.
I work from my home studio in the Cambridgeshire countryside, having graduated with a First Class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from De Montfort University in 2009. As an illustrator I mostly work digitally, although there is a strong hand-drawn feel to my pieces created by my use of textures and custom brushes to give each illustration a uniquely crafted look. Iâ€™ve found this method gives me all the joy of using traditional materials, but with the freedom to edit images until they are just right. I particularly like illustrating scenes from nature, creating atmospheric and detailed pieces with a strong colour palette.
Lynn Horrabin was born in Yorkshire, England into an art loving family. Painting and drawing was all she was really interested in as a child. After studying art then graphic design at Bradford Art College she joined a greeting card company where she worked her way up to the position of senior designer. She decided to go freelance in 2006 and have fortunately been kept pretty busy ever since. She loves nature and being in her garden and often these themes carry over into her work.
Maja Kastelic, born 1981, is freelance author and illustrator. She studied Painting at the Academy of fine arts and design in Ljubljana (BA) and Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper (MA), both in Slovenia. She has been working in the field of illustration in 2012.The author of a silent book A Boy and a House that was A White Raven in 2015 and has been awarded as Best Slovenian Picturebook 2015 and won Levstikâ€™s Prize of Mladinska knjiga publishing house in 2015. Illustrations from the book were selected for Bologna Illustrators exhibiton in 2015. She has been awarded with Hinko Smrekar acknowledgment (2012) and with Hinko Smrekar plaquette (2014) at Slovenian Biennial of Illustration. She lives in Trebnje, Slovenia.
51 MALU LENZI
I was born in the countryside in Brazil. After some travels and working many different creative jobs, I decided to become a self-taught Illustrator. I’m currently living in Berlin. I’m sort of Cute Maker. I want to make people feel happy, playful and loved in a cute world. My inspiration comes from my inner child, the 50’s and Scandinavian Design. My artwork is a mix of hand drawing lines, cute characters and digital colours.
IÂ grew up in Argentina, surrounded by streams, trees, nature and pets that were my inspiration.Â For years, I was devoted to music, playing the flute and studying it until my passion for illustration grew. I like the smell of graphite, the scent of wood pencils, the sound of chalk soaring through the paper, the texture of the acrylic, and the brightness of a new white leaf, although I use my graphic tablet too much to paint.
Martina Peluso was born in Naples (Italy) and grew up in between Tuscany and Naples, where she studied printmaking at the Institute of Art. She has also studied illustration at Sarmede and Pavia. She later moved in Edinburgh, where she now lives. She has worked across many areas of illustration including advertising, packaging, editorial and publishing. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the world and she has illustrated several childrenâ€™s books.
Mike Byrne grew up on the Wirral near Liverpool before moving to Wales to study Illustration at Glyndŵr University. He began his career as a designer for a greetings card company and then became a studio manager for a licensed stationery designer before leaving to fulfil his dream of illustrating children’s books. Mike now lives in the countryside with his wife, cat and his two baby sons where he spends his days doodling and illustrating children’s books fuelled only by tea and biscuits.
After studying Graphic Design at Blackpool College of Art and Design, I applied for a junior artist position at a local greeting cards company.
After learning the skills of emboss, die-cut and foil drawings (no computers in those days!) I was allowed to progress on to colour work, and was soon painting pictures for a living - brilliant! Two years passed and I decided to become a freelance artist. A great and busy career followed! After a few years I accepted a role as senior artist at their in-house studio and spent 10 happy years there. In 2013 I decided to make a lifestyle change - less time travelling and more time with family, so it was back to freelance again, concentrating on greetings cards and book illustration. I have a lovely studio at home now working with many publishers on a variety of projects.
Morena Forza was born in 1984. She lives in Milan with her two cats and a hound dog but she secretly dreams about moving to the countryside. She really loves colours but all of her pets are in greyscale. She works as an illustrator specializing in the children’s market, with her work appearing in trade, picture books and educational books, magazines, greeting cards, apps and digital media. Morena worked as a pixel artist between 2003 and 2008, so she learned to love the tiniest details in her drawings. She left in 2009 to pursue illustrating full time and she hasn’t stopped drawing since!
I was born in Ormskirk - famous for gingerbread, which explains my need to have a gingerbread man with my cup of tea in the afternoon. I currently live in a little village in South Devon called Kingsbridge. I Spend my time Painting, Baking, Gardening and watching classic cartoons with some homemade popcorn. I have a pet dog called Meeko, a black rabbit called Oswald and, finally, a terrapin called Terry. My grandfather was my biggest influence in becoming an Illustrator, he was very encouraging and always praised my work and still does! I studied Illustration at university, which lead to me later training as an art teacher. I always knew I would be an Illustrator, Teacher or a Princess! I try to capture an animated image and bring something simple to life. I also like a bit of mess and paint splatter.
I was born in 1974 in Cape Town, South Africa. I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at the Cape Town University of Technology and graduated in 1995. I work with my twin sister, Tamsin, in our loft studio in Cape Town. I have illustrated several books and greetings cards for publishers in the U.S., U.K. and South Africa. To get inspired, I look at other children’s books particularly ‘Lavender’s Blue’ illustrated by Harold Jones which I’ve had since I was about ten. I enjoy illustrating folk tales and fairy tales. I work in gouache, watercolours, pencil crayon and Photoshop. In 2005 I won the Vivian Wilkes award for a book about taking care of the environment called ‘Tell the Moon’. When I’m not working I enjoy browsing second hand shops, reading and playing the violin.
Nicola is an illustrator, designer and doodler and has been since she could hold a crayon in her hand, but professionally since 2001. After many years working in the digital industry designing websites, animations, print resources and basically mastering the tools of the trade, she now crafts imaginary worlds from her home studio in Manchester UK whilst her two dogs fight for her lap.
60 NIKKI DYSON
Nikki grew up in a small village called Shrivenham in Oxfordshire. She studied for her Illustration degree in Swindon and after graduating in 2006 has illustrated books for children since. Nikki spent a lot of her childhood drawing, reading and making lots of mud pies in the garden. To this day she still does the same but gets paid for it too which is lovely and youâ€™ll be pleased to hear the mud pie business is still going strong! Nikki loves creating characters for stories and is hugely inspired by animation and concept artists.
61 PABLO PINO
I’m Pablo Pino. I was born in August 1981 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I grew up watching cartoons, playing football and drawing a lot. These days, I don’t watch as much TV and I only play football once a week, but I still have the joy of painting every day. Why? Because, for the last 10 years, I’ve been working as a professional illustrator for different print media. What I enjoy the most is illustrating books for children and teenagers. Besides the 40 published books I’ve illustrated, among novels and tales I also do characters designs, board games and collaborate on designs for schoolbooks and magazines with various worldwide publishing companies. I’m self- taught and my illustrations are mostly computer drawn but I always add textures that I make with pencils, crayons, acrylics and pretty much any material that lets me get messy like I was when I was a child.
My name is Patrick S. Brooks and I am an illustrator and writer based in Yorkshire, UK. I graduated in Fine Art and primarily work digitally using Photoshop. I try to create an ethereal and dreamlike feel to many of my scenes and use different techniques. I use scanned image textures of paint, pastel, canvas and other media, and build up illustrations with layers. By assigning textures to custom brushes, I try to achieve a traditional pastel feel to my work. Through using layer blending modes such as screen, overlay and multiply, I alter transparency to experiment with different texture and digital effects. As a writer, I also enjoy including narratives into my scenes and creating new characters. Currently I am in the process of developing two original picture book concepts. To date I have worked with publishers in South Korea, America, Australia and UK.
Paul is a freelance artist producing illustrations for a wide variety of commissions. He graduated with a BA Hons Degree from the North Wales School of art and design in 2000.
Paul joined Advocate Art in 2001- since then he has worked for a wide variety of clients producing illustrations for the advertising, editorial, fine art, greeting card and publishing industries. Paul lives on the coast of mid Wales where he shares a studio with his partner and fellow illustrator. They also have two children. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, a bit of golf and chasing the kids around the beach. Paul currently works digitally through a wacom tablet and the latest Adobe CC software.
Paula Doherty was born and grew up in London and now live in Reigate, Surrey, with a son, a dog and a cog (cat that thinks it’s a dog) She began drawing from a very early age inspired by childhood holidays to Devon, Cornwall and The Isle of Wight with their rich history of myths and legends and bloodthirsty tales of smuggling and piracy on the high seas. Paula studied Illustration and Graphic Design at Chelsea School of Art and is a freelance Illustrator, Paper Cutter and fledgling Paper Engineer. She started illustrating Children’s books when her son was very small, often making up and illustrating stories for him about Jack after he’d killed the giant and chopped down the beanstalk. She works in a variety of mediums depending on the work at hand. Book illustration usually starts with a sketch which is scanned and finished in Photoshop. Paper Cutting requires just her and her trusty scalpel, and Paper Engineering can involve a combination of the two.
Graduated from the Graphic Design Institute of Athens. His work is published and exhibited in Greece, Spain, Japan, Iran, Australia, France, Korea, Belgium, Turkey. Awarded with several merits and the ‘State Illustration Award 2007’.
I’m a freelance illustrator from Greece. I studied graphic design in Athens and some years later while I was working as a graphic designer I won a two-year scholarship in fashion design. Although my first illustrations were inspired by fashion I found my happy place in children’s illustration. I love combining both digital and traditional media. I’m a member of the Greek IBBY (the International Board on Books For Young People). I live a few miles away from Athens, in a small house by the sea, with my husband, our two children and lots of pets. My favorite food is chocolate and my favorite color is turquoise.
Robert Dunn is a Scottish illustrator specialising in editorial, children’s and picture book illustration. He works mixing traditional media with digital elements in his cluttered but cosy home studio in the wilds of South Lanarkshire. The lovely people at Advocate Art keep him busy illustrating lots of books and magazines. Some of these books were published by: Parragon, Pearson, Sourcebooks, Hometown World, QED, TTA Press, Scholastic, Boyds Mills Press, Albert Whitman, Miles Kelly and Thomas Nelson. His first picture book, ‘Spacewalkies’, was published by QED in 2015. ‘There’s only one- ‘Scruffle’ - which followed in 2016.
I was brought up in a small town in the Highlands of Scotland called Alness and studied Illustration at Edinburgh College Of Art, before moving to Glasgow where I now currently live and work with my partner and young son. Since I was young I have always loved drawing and had a passion for childrenâ€™s literature and illustration. My current influences include vintage picture book illustration from the 50s and 60s. I have had many years experience working as a childrenâ€™s Illustrator and happily work both digitally and traditionally. Recently I have been enjoying experimenting with simple block printing techniques and watercolour and writing my own stories.
I was born in 1988 near Reggio Emilia, in the north of Italy and since I was a child I have always loved drawing. In 2012 I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Parma. In 2015 I started a degree in Illustration at the International School of Comics in Reggio Emilia with excellent results. I love to draw and paint using different techniques but I mainly work digitally. I have collaborated on projects for magazines, children’s book and children’s animations I have been awarded in many Illustration competitions and my illustrations have been selected for exhibitions in Italy, Holland, Germany,. Belgium, UK, China and Japan. I currently live and work in Parma with my boyfriend and our french bulldog Murphy.
Simon Mendez was born in York and has always loved to draw He combined his love of the natural world and his meticulous mind when he gained a BA degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Fylde College in Blackpool. Although the majority of his work still concentrates on portraits and aspects of nature he enjoys Illustraiting many different subjects and developing different skills and styles in all media as well as recreating vintage and classic styles to help illuminate his interpretations in a visual explanation. Simon spends his rare time away from the drawing board with his kids colouring in and building stuff!
Sonja Wimmer is an illustrator based in the German Alps. She studied and worked as a graphic designer, before deciding to move to Barcelona and study illustration at the Llotja School of Art and Design. Sonja now works as a freelance illustrator and her books have won multiple awards in the US. For inspiration, Sonja often ventures outdoors to draw â€“ heading to the seaside or up into the mountains â€“ but also finds that inspiration can come from simpler places, like the sideways glance of a passerby or the dregs of her coffee in a cup.
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Greek-born and Athens based artist, Sophia Touliatou, has studied Graphic Design, but works as an illustrator doing mostly children books - many of which have gained merits and awards. You can find her work in Greece, Uk, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Sheâ€™s always happier when a dog or cat is around and strongly believes that life begins after coffee :)
Steve is originally from a small village in North Yorkshire, but he now lives on the outskirts of the vibrant city of Leeds. There are lots of arty folk in Steveâ€™s family, so it was only natural that he should have a love for drawing from a young age, taking his early influence from the Beano and Dandy comics to Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons. Steve works in Photoshop and Illustrator. When Steven isnâ€™t illustrating, he likes to see live music, watch films, play video games, take walks in the countryside and play guitar.
Originally from the North East of England, Stevee now lives in Derbyshire UK with his wife Claire and Vincent van Mog. After completing his education, he began his career working within the fashion industry as a clothing/print designer after which he spent 12 years as a university lecturer in Fashion Design & Visual Communication. He now devotes his time as a freelance artist, specialising in narrative illustration for commercial and contemporary markets. With over 25 books published and a growing client list, his journey has been a very exciting and rewarding one. ‘’As a child I remember pouring over my brothers Asterix books and be lost in their magic. That first passion for storytelling and illustration has since flowered into my own work which celebrates personality, humour and characterisation. These are the key elements to my style along with dynamic mix of traditional and digital techniques’’ .
I live in North London and work from a little studio in my house. While most of my time is spent spying on the neighbourhood cats and trying to lure them into my house, I do love to doodle. When drawing, my main focus is always the cast of characters that bring life and movement to the picture. I love to emphasise subtle humour, taking influence from the adventure stories I loved as a child. Whether that’s tales of pirates and sunken treasure, cowboys, knights and dragons, or classic murder mystery stories, they all shape the pictures I love to draw. When not working, my favourite hobby is stealing biscuits from my girlfriend and blaming the ‘house mouse’. *I promise there really is a mouse in our house that has an unstoppable biscuit addiction… I’m trying to get him help.
I live and work in a little eco house in Newcastle upon Tyne with my husband and two children. I love to draw, design and make things. Since leaving Edinburgh College of art in the late 1990’s, I’ve worked in house, on a freelance basis, as an illustrator, product/ licensed character developer, a designer/maker for jewellery, greetings cards and wrapping paper......never a dull moment! My inspirations are many - from knitted toys, Japanese design, and Scandinavian Chic to Modernism, Dick Bruna and Info graphics. I’m drawn to anything that is quirky, humorous and minimal in design, and I hope that is reflected in my illustration. Working with Advocate, and the exciting projects they find for me, means that I am constantly developing and evolving my work, which makes me vey happy, especially when I’m telling stories though illustration.
I am a British designer, illustrator and author and I currently live and work in the North of England. My background both personally and professionally has always been in art and design. I spent a lot of my childhood either drawing pictures or reading books. I was always creating something, either little books for my friends or models from card and paper. I went to college where I studied Graphic Design and later a Masters degree in Spatial Design. I have had a successful career as a freelance greetings card designer and have won awards in this field. However more recently I have become much more involved in children’s picture book illustration. I have written, as well as illustrated childrens picture books and I am currently formulating ideas and illustrations for new stories. My inspiration comes from real life observation. My characters usually have a mischievous side and I like to create funny and silly characters in humorous or absurd situations.
I was born in sunny Barcelona, Spain, in 1981. When I was a child, I loved reading fairy tales and drawing and writing my own stories, so it was only natural that in 2012 I put my career as engineer aside and focused on my true vocation: illustration! In 2015 I graduated from Olot School of Art with a degree in Illustration. I then joined a Comic course in Barcelona Joso School and, in 2016, I graduated from Eina University School with a Postgraduate qualification in Childrenâ€™s Books Illustration. My artwork is kind and colourful, probably because I have a quiet character. Nowadays, I live in a village near Barcelona with my husband and my beautiful son, where I work as an illustrator for clients around the world. When Iâ€™m not drawing, I spend my free time with family, walking around the forest, travelling and enjoying life...
I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1974, and still live and work there, in my loft studio which I share with my twin sister, Natalie. I majored in Graphic Design and illustration at the Cape Town University of Technology and graduated in 1995. I always liked drawing and got into trouble at school for doodling on my homework. After doing the posters for our annual school plays and music concerts every year, I decided that I wanted to become an illustrator. I have illustrated several childrenâ€™s books for publishers in the U.K. and South Africa. I use very textured dry brush acrylics with lots of layers and have recently started illustrating in Photoshop. My favourite stories to illustrate are classic folk-tales about animals. In my spare time I surf the internet, play board games, read books and graphic novels and go for walks.
I was born in South Tirol, Northern Italy. es. I decided so to become an illustrator, during my stuies at the university in MIlan, after I learned that nowadays being an illustrator mean so much more than just producing pretty images. The ability to convey a message, communicate through visual means was what attracted me. My favorite part of my job is character design. I aim to create appealing characters, with which people can identify themselves. I love telling their personality through their look and making them appear alivet. I love sketching with the pencil, but I mainly work digitally. The time I donâ€™t spend drawing, I dedicate it to my passions: I love dancing, my motobikeâ€Śand sweets! At the moment I live in Milan and I work in Atabaliba studio, a design studio composed by creative freelancers melting-pot (where my main task is to get rid of all the biscuits).
Being very shy as a child, illustration was always been my translator, allowing me to express my emotions through graphic form. In my designs, I use both manual and digital techniques and constantly do research on the use of different media and materials to achieve new forms of expression. Currently, I am venturing into collage and charcoal pencil work. I studied and graduated in Graphic Design at the University of Valparaiso, Chile. I have worked for publishers and design agencies both in Chile and abroad. I live in the city of Vina del Mar, Chile, with my beautiful children and husband.
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