For the lasts 12 years I have had the great pleasure to work for the award winning Alison Green Books – an imprint of Scholastic. As freelance art director, I work in tandem with Alison to plan, develop, commission and design the list.
Our client list includes: Julia Donaldson & Axel Sheffler, Nick Sharratt, Helen Stephens, Guy Parker-Rees, Sharon Rentta, and Nicholas John Frith.
I’m always on the lookout for new illustrators and projects! One of the best parts of my job is digging around online to winkle out fresh artists; pinterest and instagram are brilliant for this! If you would like to send samples please head over to my page for illustrators here.
2014 - present: Freelance Art Director and Designer
2005-2014: Art Director for Alison Green Books, Scholastic
2002-2005: Senior Designer, Puffin Books
1998-2002: Designer, Random House Children's Books
For me, the key to making memorable stories is good characterization. I really enjoy the early stages of a project, working collaboratively with clients to develop characters, concepts, storyboards and pacing.
Working for leading publishers and media companies in the UK, I have nearly 20 years in the industry working for these fine people:
My work includes art direction and design, consulting, commissioning, troubleshooting, writing and teaching.
If you would like to work with me, please get in touch here.
October 2016: co-writer and host of online learning course Illustrating for Childrens Books. in collaboration with Lilla Rogers Studio and Do What You Love.
August 2015: Judge on Global Talent Search, with Lilla Rogers!
February 2015: Brighton University, Hastings campus. Guest lecture to illustration students, including portfolio crits and talks about working as an illustrator within publishing.
March 2014: Humdinger Festival, Northern Ireland. 2-hour workshop to skillset group of animators and illustrators. I also provided talks to 16-18 year old school children studying art and taking the next steps into art school.
Past lectures for AOI, Brighton Illustrators Group and SCWIBI