J C Perry

J C Perry – Designer

Award-winning children's picture book illustrator, designer and animator. I paint in a gentle watercolor style. I'm booked till May ‘24.

Overview

I've been a children's illustrator for the last eight years and a graphic designer and animator for 24 years. I've illustrated six of my own picture books, three of which went on to win awards, and books 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.


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 can also animate a book trailer for you to upload on social media or your website.


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.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference
Fiction
Picture Books
Languages
English
Awards
  • Red ribbon winner in the 2022 Wishing Shelf Book Awards for my picture book 'I Am a Shell'
  • Silver medal winner in the 2020 Wishing Shelf Awards for my picture book 'Tom's Zombie Fright'
  • Winner in two categories at the 2022 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for my picture book 'Ready Steady SAIL!'
Certifications
  • BA Hons Art & Design, Lancaster University
  • MSc Electronic Imaging & Media Communications, specializing in animation, Bradford University

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2017 — Present

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.

Self-employed

Jan, 2010 — Present

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

Sep, 2004 — Jan, 2010 (over 5 years)

Animating videos for Alton Towers, BBC Bitesize and Hastings Direct. Auditioning and recording actors for voice-overs, adding sound effects, etc.

Aquent

Aug, 2003 — Sep, 2004 (about 1 year)

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

DesignShop Ltd

Oct, 2002 — Jul, 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.

Mediatec

Apr, 2001 — Sep, 2001 (5 months)

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

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
Postcards from Papa

McKee, Christina

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Made with Reedsy
Jake the Sled Dog

Walker, Keely

Tamarack Gold Books

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Illustration

J C has 2 reviews

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Keely W.

Keely W.

Feb, 2024

It has been an absolute privilege to work with J.C. Perry on my first illustrated children’s book. Jo showed an outstanding level of excellence and professionalism throughout the entirety of this process. She completed the artwork in a timely manner, meeting our deadline, while creating illustrations of the highest quality. Her communication is excellent, always responding to my emails, often ...
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J C P.
Thanks Keely 😊. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and it was a joy to illustrate your story. Not every author devotes a page of their book to the illustrator like you did, and the fact y...
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Christina M.

Christina M.

Aug, 2023

As a first time children's book author I didn't know or understand much about the process. Working with J.C. Perry as my AMAZING illustrator has been a blessing. She guided me and made my heart felt children's book come to life. She responded to every question I had really fast and accurate as a fellow publish author herself. I would totally work with her again on my second book and any others ...
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J C P.
Thank you for such a lovely review Christina. I loved working on your children’s book, and I loved the fact it was based on your family. Good luck with the book’s release, and I look forward to wor...
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