Artist Feature - Katie Saunders Dec 22 2014

Meet the artists

Today our artist feature is from highly acclaimed/award winning illustrator and now Published Author Katie Saunders. Advocate Art are proud to feature her superb talent on today's feature having worked together for nearly 13 years her portfolio packs a punch with a established portfolio of published books, greeting card ranges and children's product under her belt.  For those of you who may be familiar with Katie's portfolio please check out her new samples on the current Heads' up catalogue and keep an eye on the Collaborate site as she unveils her latest book ideas as they unfold. If you are looking for bespoke samples/an update of her latest work or to check Katie's availability please contact your agent or email us at [email protected]; A little more from the Lady of the moment:

I was first published at the ripe old age of 6 in Twinkle magazine, where I drew a rabbit called Flopsy Bunny! I must have got the illustrating bug from there!

I am sad to say I had to grow up …. (No!) And graduated with a first class degree in Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire in 2001, and in 2002 signed with Advocate and have been working with them solely as a freelance illustrator.

In the past twelve years I have worked on some wonderful projects with some amazing clients, from doing cards ranges and my characters being turned into toys, games and puzzles, merchandise and more recently animation.

Books and Publishing are my true Passion, I’ve illustrated many books over the years, favourites are the touch a feel range of 10 books I did for Caterpillar books which came from an illustration I did for my son’s bedroom wall when I was expecting him.

After my daughter was born I wrote and illustrated “Olive Marshmallow” and it was signed straight away! I was so thrilled as it’s about my own children Archie (6) and Olive (5) I wrote a follow up called Olive the Alien and this got signed as a sequel which quickly made me realise that what I love best is writing and illustrating. I find having a silly sense of humour and writing from experience helps me…or perhaps the fact I have never grown up…

I currently live in Kent with my two children and Partner Graham, I spend a lot of my spare time writing now, I have just started a new book about a very smelly dog called Wiffer which I am very excited about…… watch this space as the idea evolves.