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Jo Davies

Illustrator, Author, Professor

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About me

I've worked as an illustrator for more than 20 years and combined this career with education and writing about illustration and creating stories for children.I'm still keen to work to commission and find avenues for my ideas. 3x3 Merit Award winner _ Childrens' publishing 2012 "Becoming A Successful Illustrator" By Derek Brazell and Jo Davies published Fairchild books(Bloomsbury) 2013 "Making Great Illustration" By Derek Brazell and Jo Davies, published A&CBlack October 2011 Bloomsbury USA November 2011 Academic inputs co-ordinator Varoom- Lab Editor in chief VaroomLabJournal Editor of The journal published by the AOI 1997-2002 Associate Professor in Illustration, Plymouth University Tutor, distance learning course designer, blogger for Open College of The Arts Council member of the AOI 1998-2003 Co-editor of Drawing The Process Leo Duff and Jo Davies 2005 Co- founder of Varoom magazine Author and illustrator of children's books Specialties: drawing, illustration,writing,lecturing


  • Publishing
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Art
  • Cartoon
  • Design
  • Editorial
  • Illustration
  • Illustrator
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Creative Writer
  • Academic Writing
  • Lecturing
  • French

Work history


Associate Professor in Illustration

Plymouth University, UK

Aug 1997
  • Fractional post working in an illustration team delivering BA Illustration and MA Publishing Illustration Experienced across all area of course design and delivery including validation and as external examiner ADM-HEA reference group invited member


Council Member

Association of Illustrators

Aug 1997 - Aug 2003



Freelnce Writer and Illustrator

Jun 1985 - Aug 2011
  • Working across illustration within publishing, editorial and design for all audiences including clients such as M&S, Oxfam, The Central Office for Information, Amnesty International, Scholastic, Reed publishing,Heinemnann,Penguin Books, JM Dent,IPC magazines,The Mail, Barefoot Books,British Airways, Phillips ,Sony, Weidenfeld and Nicholson,The Chalkface, Fabri publications, Work in included in exhibiitons on the USA, UK, Korea , Italy Selected many times for inclusion in Images-Best of British Illustration Awards from Italy and Korea



MA, Illustration

Kingston University

Sep 1996 - May 1998


    BA(Hons) , Graphic Design Illustration

    Maidstone School of Art

    Aug 1982 - May 1985