About Advocate Art.

Advocate Art was founded in 1992, with a group of illustrators who liked the idea of having an agent but not the other things that often came with that. We call our ethos four “F.A.C.T.s”: Fairness, Ability, Creativity and Trust. It’s about doing the right thing and being with the right people. We think our principles set us apart from conventional agencies, sticking to them has meant we have attracted the most creative illustrators and artists who in turn attract (with a little help) the best clients.

The people we represent are perfectly able to conduct their own affairs but like working with Advocate Art because we offer value to them in the services we provide. Clients are assured that we represent artists that are like-minded professionals, pre-vetted and able not only to get the job done without fuss, but also to surpass expectations.

It’s their choice to be with us, we have a high retention rate - with the most popular artists in our group being with us from the start!

We were one of the first Agencies to give direct client contact with our illustrators, allowing creativity to flow without being diluted in translation. We were one of the first to offer re-sales as an important secondary income to artists. Now we have gone beyond that too, with the development of an on-line portal - ARTicle which enables artists to have transparency into the back office functions of the business, such as royalty management and credit control, amongst other things.

Business is all about relationships, which is why we have a very high artist to agent ratio, clients often use us as artistic advisors, project managers as well a trend forward resource for pre- qualified talent.

It is for these reasons that Advocate Art has become the largest illustration agency around and we would like to think one of the most respected but- we understand we didn’t get that way by acting like the biggest. Come and find out for yourself...


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Meet the Agents

Amanda Hendon

Amanda Hendon

Global Manager Advocate

Advocate Art Incorporated

I'm Amanda! I have been with the amazing Advocate team since 2016, I joined Advocate as a part time intern, and now 4 years later I'm proud to say I manage the team globally from NYC.
I received my BFA in Illustration from Parsons in 2015 which helped hone my keen eye when briefing artists; a self-professed visual person, art and aesthetics are something I take pride in being knowledgeable in, and I'm always on the lookout for the latest trends and styles. I love being able to help nurture and grow artists' talent, as well as being able to link up the right client, artist and project - especially when I get to see the final result on store shelves.
In my free time I like traveling, reading (mostly fairytales and myths), window shopping at NYC's premier boutiques, baking and spending time with my Chihuahua.
I'm here to help you, please get in contact.

Client Territories: East Coast (US and Canada)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Harry Bloom

Harry Bloom

Advocate Art Ltd Manager

Advocate Art Limited

I grew up in Warwickshire, a stone's throw from the 'Heart of England' before moving down South to study Illustration at the University of Brighton. Studying there amongst so many talented creatives cemented my ambition to work within the Arts and after graduating I moved to London to pursue a career in Illustration. I worked as a freelance creative alongside a position in Fashion Management until my Illustration practice took over. Since then i have worked as an Illustrator full time, collaborating with clients from around the Globe on projects from Apps to Advertising and releasing my own series of Children's Books. I'm now keen to use the skills and experiences i have gained through my own practice to help guide, support and empower other Artists. I'm looking forward to collaborating with creatives and clients alike and am excited by the opportunity to help bring their projects to life. This industry is hugely rewarding and I'm both thrilled to be part of the talented team here at Advocate Art and proud to represent their Artists.

Client Territories: UK (South West, London)

Adolfo Sanchez

Adolfo Sanchez

EU Manager

Advocate Art Sociedad Limitada

Hi, I’m Adolfo, the EU Manager at Advocate Art. I graduated from Murcia University in Spain, with a degree in art history and received a post-graduate certificate in education from Valencia University. Since graduating, I have worked in a variety of roles in the arts, including art handler, curator, and art advisor. As the EU Manager, I take care of Advocate Art’s European and Latin American clients in children’s publishing, toy and games, advertising, and more. I have had the opportunity to work on some fantastic projects, including the '3D Garden Puzzels', illustrated by Pedro Riquelme for Educa Borrás, which was selected by the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers as a finalist for the Best Toy for a Sustainable World. 

In addition to my role here at Advocate Art, I collaborate as an independent curator in different contemporary art projects and work as a cultural consultant for the local government in Marbella, where I have lived for the past few years.

My goal in Advocate Art is providing the client great and quality resources from around the World in order to make our clients a real competitor of the bigger companies around the World.

Client Territories: Spain / Portugal / Serbia / Bulgaria / Romania / Moldova / Ukraine / Latin America / Middle East / Africa 

Atlanta Japp

Atlanta Japp

LA Manager

Advocate Art Incorporated

Hi, I’m Atlanta, Advocate’s West Coast Manager.  Having graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in both Art History and Studio Art, I have not only acquired a deep passion for art, but I have come to learn about its place in the current world. As an artist myself, I have coined a keen eye for successful design. In fact, one of my favorite things is to watch live art auctions as that is where I am able to foresee current and upcoming market trends. I was raised in a family of art lovers. In fact, I feel as though I am a natural agent as it runs in my blood. Both my mother and father worked as art advisors, appraisers, and sellers. Due to their involvement in the arts, I feel as though I was raised to work in this field alongside creatives. 

Working at Advocate Art has been such an exciting experience. It is the perfect blend of both my love for art and my interest in art sales. I am so lucky to get the chance to look at beautiful artwork for a living and help bring some wonderful projects to life. Projects such as the FGTEEV Series illustrated by Miguel Diaz Rivas with HarperCollins Children’s, which was a New York Times Bestseller, The Juneteenth Story illustrated by Sawyer Cloud for Becker & Mayer, which was the Best Historical Winner for the Black Kitlit Awards 2022, and the General Mills Lucky Charms Campaign with Anomaly Advertising Agency, illustrated by Maria Lia Malandrino.

Client Territories: West Coast (US and Canada), Australia + New Zealand

Pronouns: (she/her/hers)

Bhavisha Patel

Bhavisha Patel

Senior Art Director

Advocate Art Limited

Hi, I'm Bhavi! I've been part of this fabulous team at Advocate-Art since 2018. I started out as an Artist Agent, and I'm proud to now be the company's Art Director.

I have a 1st Class Honors Degree in Illustration from the University of Portsmouth. My creative education and career have broadened my knowledge of the industry, and given me the skills to be able to help develop artist's portfolios. I'm always on the lookout for the latest trends and popular styles and love working so closely with our artists, watching them grow. It's even better when I link the right artist with the right client, as there's no better feeling than seeing a beautifully illustrated book or greeting card in stores, which our artists have worked on. 

Since joining Advocate Art, I have had the opportunity to be a part of countless wonderful projects, including many #1 Amazon Best Sellers, Christmas from Around the World, illustrated by Claire McElfatrick for Gibsons Games which was featured on ITV’s This Morning, and Growing up Black in Britain written by Stuart Lawrence and illustrated by Simone Douglas for Scholastic, which was listed as a Key Read for Black History month in the UK 2022. 

During my spare time, I love to travel and read. I'm also a very active person and love to exercise outdoors and practice Yoga. I'm a big foodie too, so when I'm at home, you'll most likely find me in the kitchen.

Client Territories: UK (London & Midlands)

Pronouns: she/ her/ hers

Will Drayson

Will Drayson

Senior Agent

Advocate Art Limited

Hi, I’m Will! After completing my degree in Illustration at Kingston University I’ve had a varied career as an illustrator working in: Editorial, Architectural illustration for Foster and Partners, Children’s book illustration, and even created a small design studio with some friends. Through working as a creative I realized how much I enjoy engaging and building relationships with my clients, which has naturally led me to become an illustration agent.

As an Advocate Art agent, I have built strong relationships with artists and clients and had the opportunity to be a part of some rewarding projects, including the Little People Big Dreams books with Quarto UK for Pablo Picasso illustrated by Teresa Bellon, Mozart illustrated by Lia Visirin, and Dwayne Johnson illustrated by Lirios Bou. Also, Billy and the Giant Adventure, which is celebrity chef Jamie Olivers' first book, illustrated by Monica Armino for Penguin Books. 

I love meeting new illustrators and artists, hearing about their passion for their work, and learning about their experiences. Having worked in the industry myself I can completely empathise with the ups and downs an illustrator/artist will have along the way, and I enjoy helping artists match with their perfect projects.

Client Territories: UK (North, Midlands, London)
Marion Von Elling

Marion Von Elling

German Artist Agent

Advocate Art Sociedad Limitada

Hi, I’m Marion, an artist agent here at Advocate Art. Originally coming from the cool north of Germany, I have done a lot of traveling and currently live with my family on the sunny south coast of Spain. My background in marketing and fluency in German, English, and Spanish, make the perfect recipe for a great international illustration agent. I work very successfully with our European team and clients in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Eastern European countries. So if you are in one of those territories and would love to work with an Advocate Artist, be sure to get in touch with me. I will help you find that perfect artist to bring life to your new project.

Working at Advocate Art is a dream come true because here I can combine the things I love to do with the things I do best. Creating wonderful children's books in close communication with artists and customers, and bringing great designs together with great products. I spend my free time with my family and our two dogs. Whenever possible, I love to stick my nose in a good book!

Client Territories: Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Poland / Czech Republic / Slovakia/ Turkey / Estonia / Hungary

Erin Tisdel

Erin Tisdel

Artist Agent

Advocate Art Incorporated

Hey, I'm Erin! I am an Artist Agent, working out of the New York office. Before starting with Advocate Art, most of my work experience was in art Museums and Galleries. Being an artist myself, I wanted to work more closely with them and gain more experience in the commercial side of the industry. Since joining Advocate, I have had the opportunity to be a part of some wonderful projects, including Race to Kindness written by Orion Jean, Time’s Kid of the Year in 2021 and 203, illustrated by Darshika Varma, and Raquela’s Seder illustrated by Sara Ugolotti for Kar-Ben Publishing, which won the Sydney Taylor Book Award 2023. 

When I'm not working you can find me drawing, cooking, watching tv, or walking my very cute dog. I love collecting vinyl records and online shopping for graphic tees.

Client Territories: Midwest (Canada and US)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Vickie Savanella

Vickie Savanella

Licensed Brand Manager

Advocate Art Incorporated

Vickie has a degree in illustration, but the majority of her career has been spent in design and project management for children's products, apparel and toys, working with both licensed and private label clients. She has a deep-seated love of illustration and is excited to help bring beautiful art to the world!
Vickie currently resides in the Hudson Valley, just outside NYC, with her two cats. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, long hikes and travel.


Client Territories: East Coast (US and Canada)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Deborah Millinship

Deborah Millinship

Artist Agent

Advocate Art Limited

Hi, I’m Deb! I have experience in all stages of product development for Everyday & Christmas greeting ranges. This gives me impeccable insight into what makes the best-selling commercial designs. If you want to discover what makes the best-selling Father Christmas, just ask me, I am proud to be a cardy. 

Since working at Advocate Art I have had the opportunity to be a part of some fantastic book projects as well, including Magic Max, written by Stephen Mulhern and illustrated by Begoña Fernández Corbalan, which is an Amazon #1 Best Seller! 

I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the Potteries, the world capital of ceramics. My passion for Illustration started at art college where I went on to graduate from the Illustration course at Swansea Metropolitan in 2003. I am based out West so give me a call, I would love to visit you.

Client Territories: UK (Wales, South-West, London), Ireland 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Alice Morentorn

Alice Morentorn

Artist Agent

Advocate Art Sociedad Limitada

Hi, I’m Alice, the lead agent for France for Advocate Art SL. I graduated from Emile Cohl’s School of Arts in France with a degree in academic drawing, multimedia, and illustration. I first worked in the video game industry as a 2D and 3D artist before embracing the book industry as an author and illustrator. Since then, I have worked on dozens of children's books giving me inside knowledge on every step of creating a book, from knowing how to deal with all the stakeholders in the publishing chain to processing layouts, designs, narratives, or deadlines.

I have been collaborating with major publishers all around the world for decades, including some of the most famous French historical organizations such as Le château de Versailles and the Gadagne Museum.

Additionally, I have spent the last 10 years teaching illustration and academic drawing at my former art school in France. This has given me the keys to efficiently assist artists and help them meet the requirements to make every project a successful one. Projects such as Teodora Orpea "seek and find" book with Hachette 2 coqs d'or "mon cherche et trouve géant à la maternelle". They used the cover of the book for Hachette's big stand at Bologna's book fair. 

With a passion for new technologies, 3D, video games, concept art, board games, and books, I am keen on keeping an eye open for new forms of art, trends, and new talents!

Being French and an epicurean, I love meeting with people over a nice lunch or enjoyable drink.

My experience in industries such as video games, teaching, and managing projects makes me a real asset to help you find the perfect match for your needs, keeping the process smooth and enjoyable.

Client Territories: France / Scandinavia / BENELUX / Switzerland

Joanne Cave

Joanne Cave

Artist Agent

Advocate Art Limited

Hi, I’m Jo. I am an agent for Advocate’s UK office, specializing in greeting cards, educational publishing, and children’s publishing. I have over 20 years of experience in the Greeting Card industry, working both as an Illustrator and Design Manager. I spent the first 13 years of my career working in-house at UK Greetings (formerly Watermark Publishing), where I learned what makes a successful, commercial design. As Design Manager, I planned and briefed designs for major UK retailers such as Clintons and Paperchase.

More recently, I spent the past seven years working as an Advocate-represented artist, creating designs across various categories for clients all over the world. My background means I am familiar with managing projects from both ends of the spectrum and have empathy for both clients and artists alike. I am passionate about all things illustration and stationery-related and feel the role of artist agent is the perfect blend of the skills I’ve acquired over the years.

Client Territories: London, Midlands, East of England, South of England

Pronouns: She/her/hers

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