hi, i'm katy!
A freelance Illustrator and Art Department Assistant based in Kent.
I use my playful style to help explain concepts with a naive clarity. Combining hand-made textures and collage with digital manipulation, I love to create joyful and expressive worlds. My illustrations have found place commercially within editorial, publishing, TV and charity/non-for-profit, but I'm open to all kinds of projects.
I'm an industrious and well-rounded creative with experience designing visuals, art, graphics, props and assisting on shows for Netflix, Channel 4, SkyKids, CBeebies, CITV and NBC Peacock. I'm looking to explore new genres & bring a fresh energy to exciting art departments.
In my spare time, you can find me giving talks and running workshops for universities & creative events.
illustration clients include
Beer52, CBeebies, Medicinal Media, The Happy Newspaper, Terrific Television, Society of Authors, Oh Magazine, Summerhill Trust, Illustrated Tapes, Popshot Magazine, Aww Magazine, Aila Magazine, Tern Heads, 8Books.
"It was brilliant working with Katy for The Happy Newspaper. Not only were her illustrations delivered in a timely manner, but she was a joy to communicate with and her illustrations speak for themselves. I keep noticing new details in the crowd scene she created for us and I will come back to enjoy it time and time again." - Zabby Allen, The Happy Newspaper
"I have worked with Katy on a number of projects including editorial and book illustrations. Her playful style contains a rich quality that also brings gravitas to the subject. Working with Katy is easy and enjoyable. She's quick to understand each commission and provides brilliant sketch ideas. She takes on feedback effortlessly and her final artwork is of the best quality. In one succinct sentence — she is a delight to work with."
- Cathy McKinnon, Oh Magazine / Summerhill Trust
"I loved working with Katy for the last issue of The Author - her ideas, colours and energy were on point. Go hire her!" - Carlotta Eden, Society of Authors
"Katy's a real pleasure to work with. Hugely creative, her unique artwork and attention to detail is second to none. On the studio floor Katy is sharp and takes the pressure of TV production in her stride, always with a smile. Thoroughly recommend." - Nic Ayling, Executive Producer at Terrific Television
Headless Greg 2020
talks, mentoring & events
Using my Illustration Skills in the TV Industry talk, Tern Heads 2023
UCA Alumni Progression talk, UCA Rochester 2022
Visual Communication: Design the Future talk and panel, UCA Canterbury 2022
Creative Mentor for illustration and art department, The Arena 2022
Founder / Speaker Creative Coffee Morning 2021-2022
Design the Future online talk, UCA Canterbury 2021
Aila Takeover social media takeover, Aila Magazine 2021
How to Become a Freelance Illustrator talk, Tern Heads 2021
Approaching the Major Project talk, BA Illustration and Animation, UCA 2020
Out of Isolation exhibition, Herbert Read Gallery 2020
First Draft exhibition and market, Canterbury 2020
Winter Market Canterbury and Rochester 2019
Towner Gallery Illustration & Print Fair Eastbourne 2019