About me


Bethan Welby BA Illustration MA Children’s Book Illustration


I’ve been an illustrator for longer than most people have been alive (or so it seems), but until a few years ago, I specialized in Educational Publishing. That was great and I really enjoyed it, but more and more I realized that I wanted to have greater involvement in the finished product, I wanted to make my own books! So I decided to study for a Masters Degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and it was the best decision I ever made. I learned so much about storytelling and how books work that sometimes there doesn't seem to be enough space in my head for all the new picture book characters and possible plotlines that pop up!


I now have representation (Elizabeth Roy Literary Agency) My first Picture Book “The After Christmas Tree” is to be published in Autumn 2020 and I have exciting projects in the pipeline!


These days I live in Totnes, Devon with my family, a cat, and a dog. I still spend a lot of time on my own, making up stories and drawing pictures to keep myself amused. So really, nothing has changed since I was six. Which is the way I like it.


What I provide.


Tutorials/ Mentoring for author/illustrators.

Do you have a children’s book that you're bursting to get onto paper but you don’t know where to start? 

I offer one-to-one tutorials to help you organize your ideas, plan your layouts and develop your characters.

 I also offer  a series of 5 Mentoring sessions designed to guide you through the process of developing your idea, from exploring the authors and illustrators that influence you, creating a ‘visual library,’ developing your characters and illustration techniques that will help to bring your story to life.


One-to-one Tutorials: 1 hour plus written feedback £45

5 Mentoring sessions: 1 hour each plus written feedback £200


For more details, please contact me.


School/library visits

I’m available for school and library visits. If you’re interested, I’d be very happy to hear from you.


 I am also part of a collaboration with fellow Illustrator Wendy Howarth called ‘Ephemera’

We offer guided “Walk and Draw” group workshops in and around Totnes.

Please email for information on our next workshop times and dates.


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