Meet The Artist

Hello! My name is Nicola, and I am a picture book illustrator and author living and working just outside London. Originally from Bronte Country in West Yorkshire, before becoming an illustrator I worked as a theoretical physicist, Viking, and time travel technician (not all at the same time).

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 approach to illustration is strongly influenced by the cartoons and comics that filled my childhood. 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 doll’s house miniatures, escaping from escape rooms, playing board games, and trampolining with my three year-old daughter.

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Recent awards include:

  • 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  • Selected by a panel of international publishers for the dPICTUS unpublished picture book showcase 2023/24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