Andy Catling

Andy Catling – Designer

An illustrator of children's picture books, Young Adult books and book covers. A humorous style with expressive characters.


My name is Andy (BA hons) and I am a professional illustrator with more than 50 illustrated titles under my belt. I work in traditional mediums and digital wot-nots to make artwork for book illustration, editorial projects, websites and advertising. I have worked for many different publishing houses such as Usborne, Oxford University Press, Little Tiger press, Parragon, QED, Franklin Watts and many others.

In a typical book illustration project I will design characters, story scenes and generally visualise the words of a story to work with and around the text on a page. With many projects I have designed the cover and internal pages before illustrating. I do this with a view to creating a harmony and flow with text and image.

In past employments I have also produced storyboards and 3D modelling and animation as well as 2D animation for video game publishers such as Microsoft.


Andy's illustrations for Police Nan and Spike the Cat-detective are brilliant - I was so pleased! He really brought out the characters and made the book fun. Thank you.

Dawn McNiff, Author for Harper Collins.

I had an idea of how Boo-a-bog looked, but it was only when I saw how Andy had brought this bumbling, dribbling, huggable, loving monster to life, did he finally become a true character for me. I adore the energy and humour of Andy's illustrations, but he also manages to convey real emotion. He was also an absolute joy to work with in every way. Not only did he indulge a proud mum by agreeing to make the child hero of the story look like my son, what really meant the world to me was his genuine kindness. The book was a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Wales and Andy went the extra mile - not only through his work, but quite literally! He made a very long train journey to the hospital for the launch, where we were joined by children who were being treated there. He'd even had some fabulous Boo-a-bog t-shirts printed. I think this big heart of his shines though in his illustrations, and it is that which brings an extra sprinkling of magic to his work.

Lucy Owen, BBC Wales presenter, author.

Andy's work is fabulous - his pirate illustrations are a riot of fun, and capture the dynamic between the characters perfectly!

Suzy Senior, Author for Lion Hudson.

Andy is always a pleasure to work with, and his beautiful illustrations bring atmosphere, joy and humour to even the simplest of stories.

Jackie Hamley, Editor for Franklin Watts

Action & Adventure Fantasy Humor & Comedy Picture Books Young Adult
Children’s Non-Fiction
  • Tir-na n-og shortlisted 2016
  • TERF Finalist 2008
  • BA (hons) Graphic design

Work experience


Sep, 2006 — Present

Children's book Illustrator. Book design, character design, concept artist, 2D animation

Beyond Reality Games

Aug, 2005 — Aug, 2012 (about 7 years)

Working as an artist and animator in video game production. 3D modelling, 3D animation, character design.


Nov, 2001 — Nov, 2003 (about 2 years)

Working as an artist and animator in main stream video game production (Microsoft). Concept artist, Storyboards, 2D animation, character design.


Feb, 2001 — Nov, 2001 (9 months)

Working as an artist and animator in video game production. Concept artist, 3D modelling, 3D animation, storyboards, character design, level design.

Minds eye productions

Dec, 1997 — Feb, 2001 (about 3 years)

Working as an artist and animator in main stream video game production. Concept artist, 3D modelling, Storyboards, 3D animation, 2D animation, character design.


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If you like pirates, sailing and adventure, then you need to read The Greatest Captain in the World. An illustrated children's book about two kids who head down to the dock and hear tall tales from the crew of the Greatest Captain in the World. Join the crew a... read more
Aladdin and the Lamp
Don Quixote
Joseph and the Hidden Cup

Fiona Veitch Smith

Joseph and the Lying Lady

Fiona Veitch Smith

Santa Corn

Ceri Wyn Jones

Andy has 18 reviews





J K.

J K.

Apr, 2024

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Andy.
Andy C.
Thanks James and a pleasure to work with you too. I am looking forward to our next collaboration! :D
Ross N.

Ross N.

Mar, 2024

To say I’m blown away with the artwork Andy has created for me is an understatement. The characters he has created were exactly as I had envisaged. Andy kept me informed of progress and the whole process moved very smoothly from start to finish. Would highly recommend Andy and hope to use him again in the future.
Andy C.
Thanks Ross, your project was a joy to work on and it was a story that inspired me to create great visual versions of your characters. I would certainly love to continue the story in the future.
Sean D.

Sean D.

Jan, 2024

I attempted to hire Andy a while back because I one look at his work--jointless, noodle-armed characters with outrageous expressions and quirky, fantastic settings--was enough to know it was a perfect fit for my satirical work, but his schedule did not allow it. When his schedule opened, despite not having any new projects, I was determined to find work for him, so I hired him to redesign my ve...
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Andy C.
Thanks for your kind words Sean. It was great to work with you and such imaginative stories are a gift to any Illustrator.
Katie R.

Katie R.

Dec, 2023

Pure talent! I loved working with Andy and will use him again.
Katie R.

Katie R.

Dec, 2023

What a wonderful experience! I really appreciated him working with me and working me in.

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