Throwback Thursday! Lizzie Walkley Sep 20 2018

Meet the artists

At Advocate, we love to celebrate all of our artists, and this week's Throwback Thursday focuses on Lizzie Walkley, whose been with our agency since 2009! Lizzie is one of our talented illustrators, whose work has been perfect for greetings card designs, licensing products and children's publishing, especially for readers aged 0-5. Lizzie has come such a long way since she first joined Advocate-Art, and we've loved seeing how her style has evolved and developed over the years.

We did a short Q&A with Lizzie to find out what some of her first experiences with us were, keep reading to find out more! You can also see more of Lizzie's portfolio via her online portfolio and by scrolling along the above images - Blast from the past!

1). What was the first image you sent to Advocate, and was there a story behind it?
I'd been working in greeting cards for over ten years so my folio was full of cute bears and animals. This little girl was in there too, she's kind of based on me as a child so I've got a bit of affection for her.

2). Who was the first agent to sell one of your designs, what design was it and who was it for?
My first pay check was for this Panda for Poundland that Natasha found for me. It never got used but I still got paid so all was good to. 

3). Tell us about your first live commission from a client, who was the client and what was the project?
My first commission was picking up some work on an Igloo book that some other artists were struggling with. It was a bedtime story book. It was a good introduction into having to work fast!

4). When did you first realise that you knew you wanted to be an Illustrator? Were you inspired by an image, a person, an exhibition etc..?
I grew up with Janet and Alan Ahlberg books like Pee-po and funny bones. I think they are the first illustrations I fell in love with.  Later on I discovered David Roberts and I think he is a genius.

5). What was the first sample you recieved with your designs on? Do you have a picture of it and tell us about the project. 
While working in greeting cards I had seen lots of my work published but my first book sample through Advocate was really special. It was a set of two books about the sun and the moon. I wish I could have samples of all the books I've worked on, sometimes you find them by hunting them down online.

6). Which piece of artwork are you the most proud of? What was it and why?
This book called 'You can count on me' was for Hallmark US. It was really lovely to work on, they didn't want any amends and the pay was good. The only sad thing is that I wasn't able to get a sample, but you can't have everything.

Lizzie Walkley was founded by our team of illustration agents, based at our UK and USA agencies. If you think Lizzie would be perfect for an upcoming project you have, be sure to reach out to one of our agents!