Hi! I'm Louise Pigott, an illustrator and author of children's books from Cambridge, UK. I specialise in creating vibrant, detailed and atmospheric digital illustrations with a hand-painted feel for picture books and children's fiction. My first author-illustrated picture book, Squirrel Me Timbers, was released in 2016 with Capstone in the USA and Curious Fox in the UK. I am inspired largely by nature, animals and all things magical, and you will see in my illustrations a range of cute, quirky and mystical characters as well as artwork filled with flora, fauna and beautiful scenery. I am currently working on my third pop-up book for Hallmark, a picture book with an up-and-coming author and an exciting new release for Christmas 2017.
I am an experienced freelance illustrator, having worked hard since my graduation in 2009 to create a unique portfolio of work that is colourful and full of original content.
I work using Adobe Photoshop CC, and I keep up-to-date with the latest technology for producing digital illustration as a means of being able to work quickly and effectively for both individual clients and large publishers alike. Working digitally yet with a hand-drawn look comprises the best of both worlds for me, as you get the look of a textured painting, watercolour or pencil drawing, but with the ability to move and edit the image as needed.
Starting out as an illustrator of greeting cards and stationary items, I now increasingly work illustrating and writing stories for children, which I just love.
Clients so far have included Paperchase, Hallmark, Harper Collins, Oxford University Press, American Greetings, Bloomsbury, WHSmith and The Royal Horticultural Society. I have recently completed two pop-up books for Hallmark US, one called The Christmas Eve Snowflake, released for Christmas 2016, and the other an Easter title coming out in Spring 2017.