Robin Lawrie

Robin Lawrie - Designer

London, UK

Freelance illustrator/author, specialising in graphic novels, children's fantasy, historical and folk tales as well as educational material.

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Freelance illustrator/ author. I have worked over many busy years for all the major UK and several US, Australian and Canadian publishers specialising in illustrating children's historical, folk tales and fantasy books. I have also abridged, designed and illustrated two graphic novels in the 'Narnia' series - 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe', and 'The Magician's Nephew'. I have also done many book jackets over a long career and illustrated many primary text books for the African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern market for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Pearson's. I have also written and illustrated 18 mini graphic novels for Evans Brothers in 'The Chain Gang' series.
I worked closely with C.S. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham while producing my graphic novel version of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and 'The Magician's Nephew'. It was important to him to respect his stepfather's text since I was the only person who at that point had ever been allowed to do so. Illustration as a rule is a solitary profession so working collaboratively with an author can be very stimulating. I have found however that publishers don't really welcome author's input on book jackets since that is a marketing excercise more than a literary one. For a while there I specialised in illustrating cookery books with celebrity authors (probably unknown outside the UK) Wendy Craig, Prue Leith and Delia Smith were just three of them. It was fun and as I recall, cakes and cookies were involved!
Action & Adventure
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Picture Books
Children's - Non-fiction

Work experience


April, 1969 – Present (over 51 years)

50 years full time illustration work on fantasy, historical, folk tales and educational children's books. Also graphic novel adaptations of 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe', and 'The Magician's Nephew', design. illustration and text. Author, illustrator and designer of 18 mini graphic novels in 'The Chain Gang' series of mountain biking adventures. Illustrator of many period book jackets by classic authors such as P.G Wodehouse, Enid Blyton, and Nancy Mitford. Illustrator of many classic children's books: 'A Secret Garden', 'Wind in the Willows', 'A Little Princess', 'Peter Pan'. Illustrator of Hans Anderson and Brothers Grimm stories. I have also worked in greeting card field specialiing in classic car paintings - and much, much more!

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