Meet The Artist

My name is Nicola Elizabeth Schofield. I’m a picture book illustrator and author, living and working 25 miles from London in a town called Reading in the UK. I’m originally from the countryside of West Yorkshire and before I became an illustrator I worked as a theoretical physicist and building scientist.

I like to mix traditional techniques, usually watercolour, with digital painting. I draw from life whenever I can and jointly run the local chapter of Urban Sketchers. My illustrations are driven by character emotion and the unique reactions and imaginations of small children. I love a splash of bright colour and strong design elements. My favourite stories have a timeless feel, a dark twist or two, a happy ending, and lots of magical realism.

When I’m not drawing you’ll find me making dolls’ house miniatures, escaping from escape rooms, playing board games, and trampolining with my three year old daughter.

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Recent awards:

  • Highly Commended in the Macmillan Prize for illustration 2023
  • Selected by a panel of international publishers for the dPICTUS unpublished picture book showcase 2023/24
  • Kidlit 411 April 2024 banner design winner and illustrator spotlight
  • Work featured in the SCBWI Conference Illustration Exhibition 2023