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a bit about me

LATEST NEWS:

2017 has started well with four more board books commissioned by a US publisher with whom I worked last year and some other potential projects in the pipeline - I feel very fortunate to be working with some lovely people!  Having recently completed commissions for Slovenian and American publishers, plus a book for UK toy company Jellycat, it's great to carry on illustrating for different clients, and varying my style and medium whenever I can too.

GENERAL

I’m very lucky to have been illustrating picture books full-time since early 2008. My first picture book, commissioned by Little Tiger Press, was  ‘Gruff The Grump’, written by Steve Smallman, which was published in 2009 in the UK, US and 9 other countries. It was one of the 'Reads Of The Year' in the Younger Children category of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2010. Since then I've illustrated several picture books and board books for a variety of publishers. 

The board book, 'Sleepy Me', was selected for inclusion in 2012 Bookstart pack and 'Messy Me' - written by the same author, Marni McGee - was shortlisted for Lancashire County Council's Early Years Book Awards 2012.  

I am now represented by the illustration agency, Advocate Art (please see Links for contact details.)  My clients include Top That and Jellycat (UK), Koala (Scholastic Australia), Hello (High Five) magazine (USA), Chunjae Education (S Korea),  Ali Ink (Australia), Guideposts Ideals, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and Zondervan (all USA) Morfem (Slovenia).

Before being commissioned for picture books my previous projects included short novelty books for toddlers for Dorling Kindersley US and French publisher Editions Babiroussa, greetings cards for Two Bad Mice and Ivory Tower, decoupage designs for Craft Creations and various other illustration contracts. My way of working has continued to change and develop, especially after completing an MA in Children's Book Illustration as a mature student at Cambridge School of Art in 2008.

Although children's illustration is now my focus, I've also worked occasionally in a more adult style for a cool little cult magazine called One Eye Grey.

I love music (loads of stuff, though rarely anything very mainstream), language, humour, studying French, daydreams, and my shed where I work, and I'm endlessly fascinated and enthralled by nature, especially birds, which I adore. And bugs. Well, not the ones that make you ill, or the kind that bite you in bed. But creepy crawly ones are fine.

I dislike straight lines...! ~ ~ ~

When I have the opportunity I enjoy life drawing too (which is a great discipline) but, for me, illustrating picture books has to be the most rewarding of all.  I feel privileged to be doing this for a living.

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  1. Tricia Whiting avatar
    Tricia Whiting Jun 2, 2016

    So enjoyed your talk at our Ladies Group last night. Your illustrations are wonderfully ‘cute’ and I shall definitely be looking out for your books to buy for my three grandchildren. Lovely to have met you. Good Luck for the future. Tricia

  2. cee biscoe avatar
    cee biscoe Jun 4, 2016

    Dear Tricia, thanks so much for your kind comment, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the talk and thank you for the lovely warm welcome and your interest in my illustrations, I really appreciate it!  All the best, Cee