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About me


Andy Catling is a professional illustrator with more than 70 illustrated titles under his belt. He has worked for many publishers such as Oxford University Press, Caterpillar books, Quarto, Harper, Lion Hudson and others in the UK and around the world. Andy loves illustrating Picture books and books for older children using a more mature style.He works in traditional mediums and digital wot-nots to make artwork with a rigorous mangle-like process. 


If a story has dragons, knights, pirates, monsters or the like, then Andy will want to illustrate it!


Andy lives in Hampshire in the UK where he spends his time…   well illustrating.

Painter Feature artist on white-stacked.
  • Tir-na n-og shortlisted 2016

  • TERF Finalist 2008



Andy's illustrations for Police Nan and Spike the Cat-detective are brilliant - I was so pleased! He really brought out the characters and made the book fun. Thank you. 

Dawn McNiff, Author for Harper Collins.

I had an idea of how Boo-a-bog looked, but it was only when I saw how Andy had brought this bumbling, dribbling, huggable, loving monster to life, did he finally become a true character for me. I adore the energy and humour of Andy's illustrations, but he also manages to convey real emotion. He was also an absolute joy to work with in every way. Not only did he indulge a proud mum by agreeing to make the child hero of the story look like my son, what really meant the world to me was his genuine kindness. The book was a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital of Wales and Andy went the extra mile - not only through his work, but quite literally! He made a very long train journey to the hospital for the launch, where we were joined by children who were being treated there. He'd even had some fabulous Boo-a-bog t-shirts printed. I think this big heart of his shines though in his illustrations, and it is that which brings an extra sprinkling of magic to his work.

Lucy Owen, BBC Wales presenter, author.

Andy's work is fabulous - his pirate illustrations are a riot of fun, and capture the dynamic between the characters perfectly!

Suzy Senior, Author for Lion Hudson.

Andy is always a pleasure to work with, and his beautiful illustrations bring atmosphere, joy and humour to even the simplest of stories.

Jackie Hamley, Editor for Franklin Watts

One of my favourite illustrators (although slightly bonkers)
Lynn Adams, Artist.

‘Andy has the rare ability to take a writer’s wacky ideas and visually bring them to life. All I had to say to him was Paparazzi Cows and he knew exactly what I meant. He is a joy to work with.’
Fiona Veitch Smith, author of the Young Joseph Series, SPCK Publishing.

Awesomeness personified

No one else can bring stories to life like him!

Deserves a medal

Yay for Andy!!





Likes to create joy-inducing images

Incredibly funny

Notices the magical details


Stacey Marshall, Author. Captain Courage Books.

It's ever so handy,
To know a guy like Andy,
When you're nervous at night,
That something might bite,
He has a monster friend,
On who you can depend,
To keep your studio safe,
Unless you're a tasty waif,
Or a voluptuous lady,
Who tastes of gravy.

Rebecca Mason, Artist and Writer

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