Jill Calder is an award-winning illustrator and lettering artist based in Scotland. She studied at both Edinburgh College of Art and Glasgow School of Art, and for 14 years as a lecturer in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art until leaving to pursue her career as a full-time illustrator.
Through Jill's work, she’s also been invited to guest lecture at various schools, universities, and events throughout the UK, USA, and Far East, including ICON10 in Austin, Texas.
Jill loves drawing, ideas, colour, ink, typography, narrative, sketchbooks, making books and even deadlines! She blends traditional and digital drawing seamlessly to create social media campaigns and richly layered illustrations full of people, animals, and places. Illustrating grittier, more challenging subject matter is just as rewarding as tackling more whimsical themes, hence why her work has broad appeal from adults to younger children.
In the last few years Jill has started to create work for children’s books and this sequential process, alongside working with a writer and editors is one she enjoys enormously. Robert the Bruce, King of Scots was Jill's debut picture book and was subsequently shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards in 2015.
Her second book, The Picture Atlas: An Incredible Journey (written by Simon Holland, 2017) was shortlisted for Children's Travel Book of the Year in the Edward Stanford Awards. What is Poetry? Michael Rosen and illustrated by Jill was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018. Jill's most recent picture book, The Sea, (written by Miranda Krestovnikoff) was published in April 2019
Currently, Jill’s work is on show alongside 9 other illustrators in ‘Drawing Words’, a new exhibition of British Children’s Book Illustrators, curated by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and commissioned by The British Council. The exhibition opened in London and will continue to tour around the world including China, Greece, Romania, India and Pakistan, where Jill will open the exhibition in Lahore and conduct workshops in the British Council Library.
Jill continues to develop her own children's books as both author and illustrator and to collaborate on exciting projects with commercial clients around the globe.