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About Advocate Art

Kate Johnson

Julija Lalina

Hannah Abbo

Natasha Harding

Ghislaine Gayyo

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…


Anna Wilson

Amanda Hendon

Claire Gaukrodger

Lisa Musing




I’m a freelance illustrator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in illustration at Ceruleum Art School (2015). I’m very dynamic, with a deep love and passion for art in general. I’m always looking for new challenges and new ways to creat hoice when I create works of art are gouache and a tablet for digital work.



My name is Celeste Aires. I was born in San Juan, Argentina, a town by the Andeans. I grew up in a house with a big garden, two dogs and a little sister. I always loved drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, and I always had a big imagination. So I decided I wanted to be an artist for a living. After high school, I went to Art collage for a little while, but then I dropped it and became a trekking guide, I spent several years working in the mountains and climbing around the world. In 2011 I moved to Buenos Aires to study Animation Direction and I became a professional illustrator a year after that. I love mid century modern style, geometrical shapes, adventure tales, chocolate, mountains, being outdoors, animals and plants. I think my work is a bit nostalgic, simple and funny. I want to evolve as an artist and explore and mix all medias and techniques I can. By the way, my name means Light Blue Air :)



Born in the late 1970’s Mr Broadbent is an illustrator and designer. He has worked for the last 15 years or so creating all manner of illustrations for companies all over the planet and beyond. He was originally grown in Yorkshire in the bleak North, and later transported via the helicopter network to Loughborough in the centre of England. There he gained a degree but was forced to leave due to the conker shortages that year. London was the next stop, a relatively brief one as he couldn’t stomach the cockneys. Run away is what he did, right down to the South coast, to Brighton. He continues to reside there to this very day, living with 2 children a cockney wife and an hesitant whippet. Cycling, walking, driving and running around like most other humans do nowadays.


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 love 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



Jenny wren has created illustrations for various book publishers over the World since joining Advocate. She loves to illustrate maps, busy scenes, and animals of all shapes and sizes. As well as producing artwork for book projects, Jenny also loves to design greetings cards, featuring fun characters, decorative florals or trend led icons.

Lila Kalogeri is a freelance illustrator, comic artist and painter currently based in Crete, Greece. She graduated from the UCE, Birmingham with an MA in Visual Communication in 2002, and has since been working for book publishers, magazines and ad agencies. She has been commissioned for various painting projects, and her work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad.



Most of her work is computer generated, but she also enjoys working with traditional media. In 2015 she received a merit at the EBGE illustration and graphic design awards for her illustration of “Vres poios eimai” first readers book. She enjoys dance classes, gardening and being outdoors. Also she’s a night owl, a compulsive pizza eater, and a serious declutterer..


Lizzy Doyle is an illustrator, designer, and author from New Jersey. She loves making art for cool kids and quirky adults, while bringing smiles and laughter to people everywhere! Lizzy is inspired by animals, gardens and all things cute. She is also an avid collector of oddities & antiques and you’ll never see her without tea in hand.



Sarah Goodreau received a B.F.A in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Now based in London, she works with various publications around the world. Her passion is storytelling through imagery and hopes to continue on with this in many different forms. Sarah’s work is a mix of the whimsical and the strange, focusing on humor and beauty. She also art directs for Wizard Fingers, a small animation project she works on with her partner.

Born in Epsom in the 60’s, I grew up in and around the foot of the North Downs, where I still live. I have always drawn, as far as I remember – a family encyclopaedia of my childhood is covered in my doodles of spaceships and flying saucers!



I ‘learnt’ to draw in my first 3 weeks at Art College. Everything seemed to fall into place at that time, and I don’t think I have ever lost that enthusiasm to discover and learn. Sketchbooks are important to me and I belong to a local life-drawing class. Throughout my career, I have always remembered my first boss’s words when I left my job as a studio junior to pursue illustration: ‘keep it commercial’. When I’m not illustrating, riding my bike is always a way to escape to the country, so still living at the foot of the North Downs ain’t that bad.



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. pictures I love to draw.

Teresa Bellon was born in Albacete, Spain. She spent a few years wandering around, studying different things and doing drawings just for Mum and Dad; until she finally accepted her fate and did an Illustration Course in Madrid. As a result, she began working for national and international clients and she has participated in several exhibitions.



Her main sources of inspiration are Portuguese and Nordic illustrators of children’s books. Her drawings have a touch naive, limited colour palette and simple compositions. Finally, Teresa doesn’t stay at home waiting for inspiration, she sets out to find it, so she travels, buys illustrated books and enjoys long walsk in Madrid .



Venitia Dean is a freelance illustrator who grew up in Brighton. She has loved drawing ever since she could hold a pencil! As a teenager she discovered a passion for figurative illustration and then when she turned 19 she was given a digital drawing tablet for her birthday and started transferring her work to the computer. She hasn’t looked back since! As well as illustration, Venitia loves reading graphic novels, and walking her dog Peanut.



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I was born, I live and work in Vicenza. I teach drawing and digital coloring at the International School of Comics, based in Padua. I participated in various group exhibitions with the group of artists called “SchioComics”, and the exhibitions “Vinc” and “Interferenze” (2015) in Vicenza. I am a member of the Association “Autori di Immagini” (AI). My interest in the arts began with cartoons and comics; these influences led me to a three-dimensional style, in some cases realistic, in other more cartoon.I love my job because it is very varied and it gives me the chance to experiment with a lot of graphics solutions, but mainly because it allows me to communicate in an essential way through color and line. I love my family, walks in the mountain forests, clouds that pass you by, Enya’s music (which I listen to while I work), and a good beer.



I was born in Santeramo, Italy, where I grew up and now live. All my life, I’ve had a passion for comics, especially those drawn realistically in a personal style. I began my education at the Liceo Artistico and I went on to study painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bari. I am inspired by the work of comic authors, like Sergio Toppi, Dino Battaglia and Attilio Micheluzzi, and by that of painters like Paul Gauguin, David Hockney and Lucien Freud. If I weren’t an artist, I would be a handyman, actor or dancer. Alternatively, I would be a character from a Moebius or Micheluzzi comic strip. I like to listen to jazz, rock and classical while I work and I taught myself English purely by using computer software!



I was born on 14th of November 1990 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. I’ve always liked to draw and paint, but started drawing more after joining a small drawing workshop at age of 13. I was extremely inspired by my teacher Abraham Katase, an amazing architect and illustrator. I loved reading and watching manga and anime when I was a teenager, so I started drawing by copying the manga style. I then jumped ship to learn the basics of drawing, and I believe to be influenced by a bunch of fine artists like Mucha & Bouguereau, manga, western comic and of course the digital art masters that make covers and concept art for games. I really enjoy starting my work in my sketchbook, making quick sketches, I use references to better understand what I’m trying to achieve and finish my work in photoshop. I love listening to movies’ soundtracks while working, like LOTR, How to Train Your Dragon, or Final Fantasy’s! I enjoy spending time with my wife, watching movies (especially thriller and crime), running, hang out with my siblings, listen to music and getting to know everything about Android and iOS (weird since this has *nothing* to do with everything else ha!).”



Born and bred in Kent, I loved painting as a kid and used to paint my versions of the Disney Characters. I always wanted to do something with art and went to the Kent Institute of Art & Design to see what the possibilities were. I was inspired by the works of David Shepherd and Norman Rockwell for their detail and diversely different styles. I usually work in watercolour but can also do pencil or acrylics depending on what is required. My style is realistic, but not photo realistic, I just like it to look as it’s meant to be. My work includes natural history, botanical, people and scenes. Outside of the artistic field, although not too far removed, I love pottery and make and sell my own pieces and enjoy photography as well as cycling but I’m not too good at that and invariably end up in a ditch.



I began my illustrating career in Bath, England, in 1988, as an airbrush artist, creating artwork for children’s books. I built up a large commercial client base working for many major companies producing packaging and advertising artwork. Over the years I moved on to other styles and media: watercolour, oils, etc. I now also use computers for a variety of illustration projects, for example: instruction manuals, creating 3D models of buildings and 3D animation. I consider myself to be a versatile artist able to deal with any number of subjects or styles...



I still collect armour and antique toy soldiers , and my wife and I collect small bulldogs. We have had to buy a larger bed to allow them space at night. They are all very clean and well behaved. We grow a lot of vegetables, which supports a garden full of wild rabbits which the bulldogs chase but never catch. Ed recently persuaded me to get into Radio Controlled model plane flying…in between these activities, I paint anything that comes along, jigsaws, Childrens books, Christmas cards of course, it’s all interesting. Such as it is, it all happens in an old stone house in a micro village in Dorset with a brilliant pub which allows well behaved bulldogs in…



A former biologist turned science illustrator, trained at the Science Illustration program at UC Monterrey Bay. Juan worked early on his illustrator career for field guides of plants and animals of his home country, Colombia, and now owns and works in his art studio, LIBERUM DONUM, doing concept art, storyboarding and his passion: comic books.



Martin Bustamante is an illustrator and painter from Argentina. At the age of 3 he was able to draw a horse “starting by the tail�as his mother always tells. As a teenager he found on movies like Star Wars and books as Prince Valiant, from Harold Foster, new and fascinating worlds full of colors, shapes and atmospheres that became his inspiration for drawing. At that moment drawing and painting became his passions. He started working as a professional illustrator and has work for several editorials and magazines from Argentina, USA and Europe.



Mat Edwards draws inspiration from the things he sees in daily life. Immersed in his art with his brain “always ticking over� he can create everything from thoroughly modern to vintage style designs. While his talent and eye for detail is a constant, his technique has evolved from using purely traditional materials to using almost all-digital methods – creating works just as before, but without, he says, the clutter... after all it is all just well arranged blobs of paint or pixels.



Hi, my name is Rudolf Farkas. As you may know, I am passionate about fine art. I have been a painter for over 35 years and a freelancer illustrator since 2006. Therefore, I have extensive experience in creating oil paintings and digital illustrations for children books. Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked on numerous projects with various well-known publishers all over the world. One of my strengths is realistic representation. My interests vary from historic topics to flora and fauna. As a professional artist, I always welcome new challenges and I really enjoy coming up with creative ideas.



I am an Illustrator based in Italy, currently living in Monza with my wife, two baby twin girls and a small herd of pets. I’ve been doing illustrations since 2006. Nowadays, I’m a fully digital artist who relies on the latest technology to create and deliver to clients the best artworks I can, be it while I’m at home at my desk or working on-the-go. I’m a versatile artist who has collaborated with others on a variety of projects, from children’s books to manuals to posters, to fantasy books to jigsaw puzzles, card games and editorial books. I have a passion for fantasy, science fiction and... Siamese, talkative cats.



Val Walerzuk is a jack of all trades; he works as a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, and photographer. He’s worked in design and advertisting in Poland and abroad for years, gaining invaluable experiences. He values the creativity of being an illustrator, and draws satisfaction from it moreso than the technical side of drawing. Val’s always seeking to improve his craft and find new inspiration.

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