What the who?
I’m a London-based children’s illustrator and character designer. I grew up on Norfolk’s windswept beaches and spent an idyllic childhood gobbling up comics, fairytales and cartoons – habits I’m glad I haven’t lost.
I’ve had an eclectic career since graduating from Goldsmiths College, from managing the UK’s first internet radio station in the 90’s to designing websites and publications for charities, always keeping countless sketchbooks along the way.
I finally bit the bullet in 2014 and took courses at Central Saint Martins to hone my character design and life drawing and went freelance. Since then I’m proud and grateful to have steadily accumulated a healthy list of commissions and returning clients.
Most recently I’ve illustrated two books for Oxford University Press:
- Warriors of Honour, a book of Icelandic Sagas, part of Michael Morpurgo’s Greatest Stories series, and
- For the Fallen and other poems, a collection of First World War poetry adapted as graphic novels.
I’ve also designed the character illustrations, logo and website for Hatching Dragons, a Mandarin-English bilingual children’s nursery and I continue to work on my own graphic novel about a very special young girl making her way home across the Siberian Tundra.
Last year I relocated to China for a year with my stunningly clever, stunning and funny food-writer wife. Alongside fulfilling commissions, I facilitated regular art workshops with children and adults, sketched people wherever and whenever I could and researched the rich visual histories of China, Macau and Hong Kong.
Andlyn literary agency specialising in children’s fiction and content. Please direct any commission enquiries to Davinia there – don’t worry, she’s lovely.