Author & Illustrator

Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson is an illustrator and designer based in beautiful New Zealand.

Creating for both adults and children, her illustrations are sweet and cheerful with a handmade feel.

Her work has appeared in magazines, greeting cards and books. Clients include Hallmark, Papyrus, Rotovision, Quartet and Woodmansterne.

Katie Wilson Website
Most Recent Book
Sounds book

Cover image and "About" from inmybackyard.co.nz

Insights

We love your illustration style and think it is very recognizable and unique. How did you go about developing your personal style?

I think my style is still evolving, and I still find it hard to recognise my own style - this is a problem a lot of illustrators seem to have, perhaps we are too close to our own work to see it! I try to keep pushing my work, trying new materials and media. I think mostly style comes from creating lots and lots and lots of work, noticing when something is particularly working for me, and incorporating that in future work.

What guides or references do you use as you’re creating an illustration, whether it’s of an animal, building, or landscape?

If I don’t have a lot of time I’ll often look for reference images on the internet, I also love to look through vintage books for reference images - they have a different quality to them that I find more interesting to draw from. I also keep my own sketchbooks which can be useful to look through for references.

What led you to illustrating for children’s books?

I adore children’s books and am so happy that my illustration style fits within this genre. It is an area of illustration that I have always wanted to work in.

What do you hope children feel as they see your books?

I hope children feel a sense of wonder about the world and that my work in some small way influences them to care for our planet and the other plants and animals we share it with.

What does a typical day look like, and what is your most productive time of day?

I try to get up as early as possible, as I find the early morning is the best time for me to do my creative work. I start with poached eggs on toast and a coffee, before working for a few hours, either on client work or pieces for my portfolio. I then take a break for lunch and then catch up on emails, do accounts or other administrative tasks. If I’m really busy with deadlines I’ll then keep working, otherwise I try to spend time doing something non-work related.

Where do you find inspiration, and where do you like to work?

I work from home, which I love. I work best without distractions and it is great being able to snuggle with my cats, walk the dog and make a cup of tea if I need a break! If I need inspiration I will take a walk to the local library, sit in my garden and sketch, or go to the beach or forest. I am lucky that I live in a part of the world with spectacular nature at my door.

What is your favorite food?

Hmmm, this is a difficult one - I love lots of foods - avocados, spinach and cheese pie, ice cream…

board Books

board book
Sounds
colors
Colors
Textures book
5.0
Safari · Africa
Textures
Opposites book
5.5
opposites
Opposites
Landmarks book
5.5
travel · the world · famous places
Landmarks
animals · the world
Animals
ABC's book
5.5
alphabet (ABCs)
ABC's
Shapes book
5.8
shapes
Shapes

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