Jo Litchfield

Jo Litchfield - Designer Tick

South Derbyshire District, UK

Experienced writer, illustrator and modelmaker working in picture books, chapter books, poetry and young fiction.

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Overview

I've been working in publishing for over 20 years, primarily as a designer and illustrator of children's fiction and non-fiction books and more recently in character development and story lines for picture books as well as illustration projects for poetry and young fiction.

I am perhaps best known for modelmaking; I've illustrated many titles in this style, some of which have been translated into over 35 languages and sold in the millions worldwide, but I also have published projects in 2D styles including an interactive e-book containing animated elements. I greatly enjoy working in a variety of mediums so welcome any illustration projects in 3D or 2D, conventional or digital.

I started as a designer for Usborne Books but since becoming freelance I have also worked with a variety of clients including The Macmillan Group, Floris, Igloo, Egmont UK, BestofWishes and Holy Cow Games.
Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books
Poetry

Work experience

Freelance writer and illustrator

Self-employed
December, 1999 – Present (over 19 years)

Design and Illustration for hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books for children, later developing characters and story-lines for numerous children's fiction projects, including “Bit-Bot and the Blob”, conceived, written and illustrated by myself and published by Egmont, and “The Bad Dream Brigade”, an e-book with animation and game content developed and released by Holy Cow.

Writer, designer and illustrator

BestofWishes
October, 2016 – September, 2018 (almost 2 years)

Concept, illustration and design of 6 full ranges of greetings cards, plus design and preparation for print every range with BestofWishes from company set-up.
My best selling ranges included 'OddBods': model monsters, and 'WeirdFishOddDuck': a humorous range with one-liners and watercolour characters.

Designer and Illustrator- in house

Usborne Publishing
October, 1995 – December, 1999 (about 4 years)

Working on every aspect of children's publishing from conception to published product; including new ideas presentations, design, art direction, illustration and preparation for print across numerous titles.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Bit-Bot and the Blob (Bit-Bot the Robot)

Jo Litchfield

On an everyday kind of day, down an anywhere kind of street, a never-in-a-million-years kind of thing was about to happenWhen George is sent to live with his eccentric uncle, the inventor William J. Widget, he can't help feeling a little out of place, until he meets the professor's newest robot, Bit-Bot! But Bit-Bot's special piece of machinery, his EmoTech, doesn't seem to be working. Perhaps... read more

On an everyday kind of day, down an anywhere kind of street, a never-in-a-million-years kind of thing was about to happenWhen George is sent to live with his eccentric uncle, the inventor William J. Widget, he can't help feeling a little out of place, until he meets the professor's newest robot, Bit-Bot! But Bit-Bot's special piece of machinery, his EmoTech, doesn't seem to be working. Perhaps... read more

Thistle Games (Picture Kelpies)

Mike Nicholson

Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best highland games, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and learn some fun Scots words. Everyone joins in to dance, jump, sprint or even HIRPLE over the line. But watch out you don't get MINGIN and look like a NUMPTY. And cover your LUGS if the pipe band is gie-in it LALDY! This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively Scott... read more

Welcome to the Thistle Games, Scotland's best highland games, where you'll meet lots of friendly folk and learn some fun Scots words. Everyone joins in to dance, jump, sprint or even HIRPLE over the line. But watch out you don't get MINGIN and look like a NUMPTY. And cover your LUGS if the pipe band is gie-in it LALDY! This funny story, told in bright rhyming verse, is full of the lively Scott... read more

Daisy the Doctor (Jobs People Do)

Felicity Brooks

Daisy is a doctor who treats many patients throughout the day, including a small boy with an earache and an older boy with a cut.

Daisy is a doctor who treats many patients throughout the day, including a small boy with an earache and an older boy with a cut.

Tessa the Teacher (Jobs People Do)

Felicity Brooks

Tessa the teacher has a lot to deal with, as it is the day of the first grade class play and the star crocodile is out sick.

Tessa the teacher has a lot to deal with, as it is the day of the first grade class play and the star crocodile is out sick.

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