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I’m Jago and I have been illustrating children’s books since graduating from Falmouth 15 years ago . I live and work from my home in North Cornwall with my lovely family.

I have produced illustrations for over 50 children’s books and a few magazines, as well as a TV show or two, some logos and album covers. Recently I have also participated in a series of exhibitions and signed prints of my work are now available in galleries around the UK. My wife and I have recently been working hard to expand the range of illustrated products in our online shop.

Most of my children’s book work has been for publishers in the US as my agent (Ronnie Herman) is based in New York. I’m probably best known for my work with New York Times Bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones. Our books have sold more than 3.2 million copies and won a tidy stack of awards.

I work entirely digitally using a combination of a Mac Pro and Photoshop and an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with Procreate. All my prints are produced using pigment ink and archival paper to ensure excellent lightfastness.

You can follow my work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at the links below, or visit my online portfolio and shop on my website.




You can read some interviews with me here  and here and here as well.

I work in the studio below...

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 For more details on my setup click here to read a fantastic article by Shawn Blanc.



I am represented by the wonderful Ronnie Herman at The Herman Agency in New York. 


Please contact her (ronnie@hermanagencyinc.com) if you have any enquiries about working with me



I work almost entirely digitally, using a couple of Macs and an iPad in a secret blend of the finest textures, papers and digital paints. I could tell you how I make each picture, but then I'd have to kill you.

I enjoy working on children's books and am drawn to stories with a hint of eccentricity.


Logos Book Award - Best Book, Youth - The Story of God's Love For You - 2016

Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction Read Aloud Book Award - An Ambush Of Tigers - 2016

Notable Children's Books - Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) - An Ambush of Tigers - 2016

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association -  Platinum Book Award (in recognition of 1,000,000 copies sold of The Jesus Storybook Bible) - 2016

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Bronze Medal - An Ambush of Tigers - 2015

Logos Book Award Best - Children's Picture Book- Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing - 2013

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association - Christian Book Awards - Inspiration category - Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing - 2013

Evangelical Christian Publishers Association -  Gold Book Award (in recognition of 500,000 copies sold of The Jesus Storybook Bible) - 2011

ALA Notable Award - The Jesus Storybook Bible - 2010

Sydney Taylor Honour Award for Young Readers - Nachshon Who Was Afraid To Swim - 2009

National Jewish Book Award for Young Readers - Nachshon Who Was Afraid To Swim - 2009

Honors Award Winner - NAPPA Children’s Products Storytelling & Audio Books - The Jesus Storybook Bible - 2009

Amazon.com Best Children's Picture Book - The Jesus Storybook Bible - 2008

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Gold Medal - The Jesus Storybook Bible - 2007

National Literacy Association Wow! Award - The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat - 2006

Holyer An Gof Award for Best Children's Book - The Brave Tales series - 2006

International Youth Library, White Ravens, Special Mention - Myron's Magic Cow - 2005

AOI Images 28 Annual - AOI Silver Award, Student Section - 2004

The Macmillan Prize for Children's Illustration - Highly Commended Award - 2003

Winner of the UK Further Education Funding Council Calendar Prize - 2000