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Bio

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 was 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 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? by

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.

www.jillcalder.com

Clients

The New Yorker
Siemens
Harvard Business Review
Mass Mutual
ELLE
Towers Perrin
The British Museum, London
The Guardian
Random House
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
UCLA 
University of Kansas Medical Center 
Food & Wine 
Absolute New York 
Glow Magazine 
Random House, UK

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