My creative journey began as early as I can remember, creating a post-office under my Grandmother's table, making envelopes and drawing stamps that I 'posted' to my sister. My most precious gift was a box of glue, paintbrushes, paper and scissors given to me by a dear aunt many years ago. I have always loved cutting and sticking, scribbling and painting, as I still do today. As a child I was captivated by Richard Scarry, Dr. Seuss and illustrators such as Heath Robinson.
My undergraduate was at Manchester University studying textiles where I discovered my love for creating beautiful aesthetics. Afterwards I worked for Paperchase and Marks & Spencer for many years, creating greeting cards and wrap until I returned much later to education at Edinburgh University to study MA Illustration. This is where I learned that an image must be much more than just aesthetically beautiful, it must communicate the accompanying text.
Creating picture books is my passion. I'm a true workaholic. I'm in love with my job and I skip to my studio each morning, which is all of three paces away as my studio is a woodshed in my garden overlooking my vegetable patch. I'm lucky enough to be represented by a collection of dedicated Bright agents in London and USA who work tirelessly for me, sourcing international publishers and authors for me to collaborate with. They have seamlessly taken me from a fledgling graduate to an accomplished and globally published author/illustrator, holding my hand every step of the pathway.
|Here is the cover of one of my first picture book collaborations with the former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson Don't Call me Mum.|
|Here is another career highlight; I was chosen to be the illustrator of The Curious Tale Of Fi-Rex, the 2016 BBC Children In Need collaboration written by a long list of celebrity writers.|
|Here is the cover of my first authored and illustrated picture book published by Oxford University Press Unstoppable Max.|
|Here is the cover of the very latest picture book I've written and illustrated called Charlie & Pip. This is a picture book for anyone struggling to find their voice, or who doesn't quite know where they fit in.|
|And finally, here is an image from my next upcoming picture book I'm putting the finishing touches to, about the world's longest sausage dog Bartelby.|
See more of Julia's work in her Featured Illustrator Gallery
Julia's official website is here.
Her agent is The Bright Agency
Julia also has an Amazon Author page, and regularly posts on Twitter