J C Perry

J C Perry - Designer

Manchester, UK

Award-winning children's picture book illustrator and graphic designer. I paint digitally in a gentle watercolour style.

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I've been a children's illustrator for the last seven years and a graphic designer and animator for over 20 years. I've illustrated six of my own picture books, three of which went on to win awards, and a few for other authors including a traditionally published non-fiction children's book entitled 'The Ice-Cream Sundae Guide to Autism' for Jessica Kingsley Publishers which became an Amazon bestseller.

I'm looking forward to working with children's authors and editors via Reedsy to bring their stories to life with illustrations. My experience as a graphic designer means I can also design the book cover and interior ready for the hardback, paperback, and e-book, ensuring that the files are at the correct resolution with the correct amount of bleed area if needed.

I paint digitally which has two benefits for book illustration - the images don't need scanning in as they're already in the correct format to insert into the book, and I can edit the illustrations more easily when I receive feedback from the author / editor. I always provide rough sketches first for customer feedback before refining and adding color to minimize big changes.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Picture Books


  • BA Hons Art & Design, Lancaster University
  • MSc Electronic Imaging & Media Communications, specializing in animation, Bradford University


  • Red ribbon winner in the 2022 Wishing Shelf Book Awards for my picture book 'I Am a Shell'
  • Winner in two categories at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for my picture book 'Ready Steady SAIL!'

Work experience

Children's illustrator & graphic designer

January, 2017 – Present (about 6 years)

I'm currently illustrating children's picture books. I've illustrated a few of my own books, three of which have won awards, and have also illustrated books for other authors including a non-fiction traditionally published book which became an Amazon best-seller.

Graphic Designer & Animator

Periscope Studios
January, 2010 – Present (about 13 years)

Designing promotional material for Smoove Move, PIH and AuKids Magazine, illustrating wall murals for Eureka! Children's Museum, and creating animations for the BBC and Scottish Water.


Catalyst Pictures Ltd
September, 2004 – January, 2010 (over 5 years)

Animating videos for Alton Towers, BBC Bitesize and Hastings Direct. Auditioning and recording actors for the video's voice-over, adding sound effects, etc.

Freelance Graphic Designer

August, 2003 – September, 2004 (about 1 year)

Work placement at MBNA in Chester, designing leaflets and brochures for their credit cards.

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

DesignShop Ltd
October, 2002 – July, 2003 (9 months)

Designed and illustrated printed promotional material and business cards for Greater Manchester Waste, and Royal Mail as well as large scale displays for Ferranti Technologies and Decraled.

Freelance Graphic Designer

April, 2001 – September, 2001 (5 months)

Work placement at Dinosaur in Manchester, designing promotional material for gyms and drinks companies.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Tom's Zombie Fright

Perry, J C, Perry, J C

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