Born in Warwickshire, Richard Jones has been living and working in Devon for over 20 years.
After graduating from the University of Plymouth with a first class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, he stayed on a little longer to complete a PhD.
Richard’s style is something different, working with beautifully layered textures, he creates stand-out illustration, with a gentle, muted palette and memorable character design.
His illustrated books include; Feelings and Town Mouse, Country Mouse, both written by Libby Walden and published by Little Tiger Press. Bird Builds a Nest and The Squirrels’ Busy Year by Martin Jenkins and published byWalker Books and Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
His picture book, The Snow Lion, by Jim Helmore, published in 2017 with Simon and Schuster and has been published in 20 languages.
2019 Northern Lights Book Awards - Winner of the Picture Book 4-8 category with ‘Whale in a Fishbowl’, Published by Schwartz & Wade
Winner of the Kirkus Review Award in the Best Picture Books of 2018 category for ‘Whale in a Fishbowl’ published by Schwartz and Wade
“Bauer’s verse-like text pairs gracefully with smudgy and similarly understated scenes from British illustrator Jones: the text and artwork work in tandem to suggest the hushed onset of winter while carrying readers forward with the swiftness of a snow flurry.” — Kirkus Review for ‘Winter Dance’ by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones.
“A beautiful, slightly magical story with a classic feel and a lovely message about making a new friends and growing in confidence.” — The Telegraph for ‘The Snow Lion’ by Jim Helmore, illustrated by Richard Jones.
“I loved the gorgeous cover artwork for this book, and it intrigued me about the story. Overall, I definitely recommend this, especially to middle grade readers who are looking to read something new, with echoes of David Almond and Patrick Ness.” — The Bibliomaniac on ‘Fish Boy’, by Chloe Daykin, illustrated by Richard Jones.