Interview with Rutu Modan

Such a lovely interview with the hugely talented Rutu Modan to announce her inclusion in a wonderful publication. You can hear all about her inspirations and her approach to this particular challenge. The publication ‘It’s Up to Us’ is a beautiful, international collaboration between artists in pursuit of getting the environmental message heard.
Well worth a listen!

May Your Life Be Deliciosa!

A beautiful collaboration between the very talented Loris Lora and the wonderful Michael Genhart, this gorgeous publication hit the shelves at the end of last week.  A story of family, tradition, food and love that will warm your heart and inspire young readers to build a delicious life!

Congratulations to Sarah Gibb

Congratulations to the super talented Sarah Gibb on her inclusion into this year’s British Book Design and Production Awards shortlist.  This sumptuous book, ‘Step Inside Homes Through History’ was commissioned by the wonderful Nosey Crow for the National Trust and it is packed with fascinating insights into the way we once lived.

New label by Ailsa Johnson


Awards for Cat O’Neil

We are delighted to announce that the marvelous Cat O’Neil was awarded 4 merits at the recent 3X3 International Illustration Awards.  A huge and well-deserved accolade and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her.

The Girl That Fell Beneath The Sea

Exquisitely beautiful artwork by Kuri Huang for The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea. This YA book is a gorgeous retelling of a Korean folktale.

Winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Award

Yet another award for the lovely Meilo So! Butterflies Belong Here has been selected as winner for the prestigious Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. We so enjoyed working on this beautiful book as Meilo rendered the artwork in watercolour and it is always a pleasure to loose ourselves in parcels of watercolour paper and exquisite illustration. Congratulations to Meilo and the very talented Melissa Manlove on another stunning publication.

Learn from a Master!

We are so excited to be able to announce that the wonderful Owen Freeman will be teaching his first Narrative Illustration class online this Summer. The class will be on Zoom and focus on developing story-driven artwork from sketch to final, developing compositions, reference etc.
The first day is June 5th 2021, seats are limited. Details and more info available at Workshop Academy
Such a wonderful opportunity to learn from a master of this art form!

Jun Cen at Spectrum News

Delicate yet powerful images from Jun Cen for Spectrum News yesterday. They accompanied an article on new research into the very particular social, emotional challenges faced by autistic teenagers as puberty brings the usual changes to their lives.

Butterflies Belong Here Nomination

We are so proud to announce that ‘Butterflies Belong Here’ has been nominated to the 2021-2022 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award. Meilo So’s exquisite illustrations bring a delicate charm to this fascinating text. It was a real pleasure to work with Melissa Manlove on this Chronicle Books Publication.

The Last Days of Stan Lee

‘The Last Days of Stan Lee’ by Owen Freeman for AARP magazine. Huge thanks to Design Director, Todd Albertson for a fascinating commission.
Owen’s work has graced the pages of a wide range of publications worldwide and his passion for film and graphic novels shines through, bringing real power to each subject he tackles.

Harnessing the Sun

Terrific image By Joe Morse of Creative Solar Director, Seth Gunning for Sierra Magazine.

Jun Cen

This beautiful illustration by Jun Cen encapsulates so many of the strengths of his work. The power of his ethereal landscapes, the expressiveness of his delicate lines all within a restrained palette and minimalist composition. Jun’s work carries both complex and challenging narratives with ease and elegance. You can see much more of his work on our Instagram or Behance pages.


At Home with Paul Rogers

Such a lovely illustration piece from the fabulous Paul Rogers in The @nytimes yesterday on what the word ‘home’ has come to mean to us during the pandemic. Paul’s quiet, wry humour is one of the many things that we admire about him. 


Storyboarding at Killington Arts

Story-boarding is one of those strings to your bow that you don’t really get to talk about. So many of our illustrators work in this area with clients worldwide but due to the obvious NDAs the work never makes it out there. These advertising ideas by Sarah Gibb have been given the ‘all clear’ to be shown and are a fascinating insight into the process. Jun Cen, Owen Freeman and many others at Killington Arts have huge expertise in this area so do get in touch if you would like to discuss the possibilities.



In the last 12 months I think we’ve all experienced this – Covidsomnia. This powerful, claustrophobic piece by Jun Cen accompanied an article on the subject for Brain & Life Magazine. Those wee small hours can be a very lonely place. A little exercise, a little relaxation, a little less alcohol and a little more counting of blessings is needed perhaps.



Tasty Treat from Ailsa Johnson

Some lovely new works by Ailsa Johnson for Compound Butter Magazine this month.  The warmth of her palette really brings the text to life.


Mothers of the World!

Fabulous illustration by Loris Lora for New York Times to accompany an article entitled ‘Neglecting Yourself Doesn’t Make You a Better Mother’. New reports out this week state that mothers are doing 67% more childcare than men during the lockdown. Let’s not neglect ourselves ladies…


Lee Daniels by Hanoch Piven

The Fabulous Lee Daniels by Hanoch Piven for current issue of Hemispheres Magazine.

Cat O’Neil for Guardian Observer

Happy Monday! Our London weekend was a rather cold and wet one but the Lovely Cat O’Neil brought warmth and joy with her exquisite work for Observer Food Monthly – ‘Korean Cooking, my Mother and me’. Rob Allison’s powerful piece on learning to define his identity, his role and people’s attitudes to difference through his mother’s cooking made the weekend really rather sunny. Many thanks to Paul Reed for this splendid commission.

You can read the article here:



I Heart the Oscars…

A beautiful new illustration by Loris Lora for the LA Times to accompany an article on the new year’s Oscars entitled ‘I Heart the Oscars, Even With All the Weirdness’.


Unleash Your Creativity!

We are so happy to share that the fabulous Hanoch Piven is celebrating his 1000th student on his on-line Domestika course:


Christmas Gift Inspiration

Such a lovely set of covers from the wonderful Sarah Gibb for Harper Collins. I can think of quite a few little ones who’d love to unwrap these on Christmas morning!

Chic in Shanghai

Joe Morse

Such a powerful image by the wonderful Joe Morse. This striking piece graces a DJ booth in an achingly cool Shanghai club.

In Praise of Illustration

Cat O’Neil and I were very touched to see a letter in the FT on Saturday extolling the beauty and sensitivity of her image in the Life & arts Section last week. I did spend the weekend trying to track down The Rev. Sally Wells to thank her but without luck. If any of you know her or happen to be in or around Salisbury in the coming days do please pass on or warmest wishes to her and her daughter.
It does highlight how very important an illustration can be in not only explaining a text but also allowing it to resonate and connect with the reader on a personal lev

Cat O’Neil @ The Washing Post

Another beautiful image by Cat O’Neil for the Washington Post this week which highlights to the difficulties with PPE when dealing with pediatric care in hospitals. As ever, Cat brings a sensitively & clarity to a complex text.

Visions of Tokyo

Ailsa Johnson

Having spent several years immersed in the fascinating culture of Tokyo, Ailsa Johnson decided to capture her experiences through a collection of striking images which span the divide between the real and the imagined. This collection has received a beautiful review in Pen Magazine which is definitely worth a read.

Joe Morse @ The Rolling Stone

We are so thrilled to see Joe Morse’s illustrations in the beautiful new Rolling Stone book, The Illustrated Portraits. This publication is a real Who’s Who of international excellence and includes some of the finest illustrators working in the field today. This powerful image of Eddie Vedder has always been one of our favourites.



Explosive Illustration

It is so lovely to see Ailsa Johnson‘s new packaging for The Exploding Bakery finally released.  Her soft elegant layers and sophisticated, distinctive palette bring a fresh and contemporary feel to this great brand.  You can view the complete collection of packs on our Behance page.


New Tipple for Sarah Gibb

Sarah Gibb’s delightful images for Merser Rum are now live!

Cat O’Neil Illustration on Covid19

New teen covers for Kuri Huang

The wonderful Kuri Huang has recently completed a series of  Kristin Cashore teen covers for Penguin which will be out later this year and early 2021.


Owen @ New Republic

Beautiful new image by Owen Freeman for New Republic Magazine on ”How the seizure of Europe’s biggest heroine shipment created bloody fallout throughout the world – and sparked still-raging political corruption scandals in Turkey, Greece and the Middle East.”


The Story of Barak Obama

‘The Story of Barack Obama’ illustrated by the fabulous Loris Lora and written by the equally wonderful Tonya Leslie is finally out!


New images by Cat O’Neil

Powerful new images by Cat O’Neil are have been added to her pages this week and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

New images by Ailsa Johnson

Beautiful new images by Ailsa Johnson have been added to the website today.  Do follow the link and have a browse!


Sarah Gibb Joins Killington Arts

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful Sarah Gibb has joined the agency.  Hugely experienced in the fields of publishing and design, her delicate and engaging style has brought warmth and elegance to a wide range of projects worldwide.  You can lose yourself in more of her beautiful images on her Killington Arts web pageBehance or on Instagram.  Welcome to the team Sarah!


Illustration for these Times

Such regular contact with our terrific editorial clients of late has made me think once again about the importance of illustration in news reportage & broadcast media.

Illustration has always had an essential role to play in presenting ideas but never more so than during this period of crisis. The immediacy of visual engagement draws the audience in & encourages them to explore the text beyond the headline. It can carry complex & often abstract concepts with ease by not being limited by what can actually be seen, but rather what may be envisaged or anticipated, so sparking the imagination & promoting free thinking.

Increasingly, we have seen the need for medical information to be expressed by visual means, bringing a better understanding of the facts through well used visual cues, colour or simple animation. Furthermore, editorial illustration has brought personality and life to difficult (both emotionally and intellectually) text so allowing a reader to engage with the writer’s work & bring either additional humour or gravitas.

Historically, illustration has always provided the news with a visual framework, but in times such as these the emotive and expressive nature of the visual arts have never seemed so vital. 


Loris Lora & Christine Platt collaborate!

Loris Lora Harriet Tubman

We are delighted to announce that Loris Lora’s beautiful images for Callisto’s book on Harriet Tubman are due to be published on 7th April!  Loris’s collaboration with the fabulous Christine Platt (who we must thank for this photo) is a real book to cherish for younger readers.  We look forward to sharing more of the images soon.

Cat O’Neil and the Joy of the Familiar


Cat O’Neil has just completed this stunning new work to accompany an article on the joy of familiar  wines in a time of such turmoil.

Owen Freeman images for Jack Reacher Serialisation


Owen Freeman has been working closely with The Daily Mirror in recent days to illustrate a serialisation of ‘No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Stories and has produced a series of powerful images to accompany the stories.  Visit us on Instagram to view all his images to date.

Michael Vick image by Owen Freeman

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A striking new cover image of Michael Vick by Owen Freeman for ESPN Magazine.

Reading the Mind…


Elegant new images by Cat O’Neil for Philosophy Now Magazine highlighting the fascinating developments in MRI scanning.


Society of Illustrators Gold Awards!


We are thrilled to announce that Tatsuro Kiuchi has triumphed once again at the Society of Illustrators awards with not one, but two Gold Awards.  The first if for this marvelous series of poster illustrations for Suntory Whiskey with a elegant vintage look. The seconds was for the Uniglo Sustainabilty series.  To see these images and other wonderful new work click on Tatsuro’s page.



We are thrilled to announce that the marvellous illustrator Cat O’Neil has joined us here at the agency.  Her elegant style brings clarity and delight to editorial and packaging projects alike.   An award winning illustrator, Cat has worked with a myriad of clients worldwide since graduating from Edinburgh College of art. These include Wired, Financial Times, Scientific American and Time Out.  Do peruse her online ‘folio and keep checking back as images will be added shortly.

Charlotte Knox
Charlotte Knox’s stunning painting “Farringdon Road Station, London” will be on show at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 204th Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 from the 6th until the 16th April, 10am to 5pm.

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We are thrilled to welcome Mark Ulriksen to our artist group here at Killington Arts. His beautiful images have adorned the covers of the New Yorker for more than 20 years and these images alongside many others can be viewed here on his personal web page.

Jun Cen’s beautiful new animation finally released.

Another beautiful illustration by Izhar Cohen for Michael Shermer’s Scientific American ‘Skeptic’ article.

Owen Freeman’s powerful Illustration artwork takes the cover of this week’s Bookseller Magazine. The piece for the new novel by Dave Rudden, ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’ is a wonderful meeting of minds.

We are delighted to announce the launch of a Charlotte’s beautiful new website. You can view a myriad of terrific new works at: