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.

Andy has 12 reviews





James B.

James B.

Mar, 2022

Like all the great illustrators, Andy didn't really need a steer. He has a wonderful knack of just reading the words and transforming them into marvellous pictures. He brought my story to life in a timely manner and the drafts were so good I didn't need to ask for tweaks. I can't rate him highly enough, and can't wait to collaborate again.
Andy C.
Thanks James, I really hope we get to work together again! It was a lovely imaginative project.
Rizwan A.

Rizwan A.

Oct, 2021

Andy is wonderful to work with - professional, timely, and talented! I've really enjoyed our collaboration, and hope we're able to work together again soon.
Julia B.

Julia B.

Jun, 2021

Andy made sure my book looked just like I wanted it to. He does great work!
Haya A.

Haya A.

May, 2021

Andy was such an delight to work with, hopefully will collaborate again one day!
Cori S.

Cori S.

Dec, 2020

Andy is absolutely wonderful! His talent is the ingredient which brought my story to life. All adjustments and concerns were received and executed diligently. His expertise and industry knowledge made my first book experience fulfilling. I am beyond happy and satisfied with the result of the multi-month process. Thank you and I truly hope to collaborate in the future!

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