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.
Shortlisted for the The CLiPPA Poetry Award 2020 with ‘The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems’, written by Paul B Janeczko, published by Candlewick Press.
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
“Preparing for winter hibernation instills a big lesson for Small Bear in this bedtime story. When a late-fall wind chills the child after an afternoon nap, Mama says, “I smell frost in the air.…Tonight we’ll start our winter slumber.” But the day is packed; they must find sprigs of spruce to make a warm nest. There are juicy acorns to gather. And Small Bear needs to take a bath before their long sleep. Small Bear wants nothing more than to have enough time for a story before sleep, but Mama warns her: “If you help—no dilly, no dally—then we’ll have time for stories,” she says. Small Bear works hard to avoid temptations: snuggling in a cozy hole in a spruce tree, playing longer in the stream, and climbing higher in the tree. But Mama’s instruction helps Small Bear to stay on track and remember “to save time for stories.” Of course, Small Bear’s resistance to the kind of procrastination that would sink many others is rewarded with Mama’s best story, and sleep comes quickly. McGinty’s rhythmic prose and absolute mastery of pace elevate a simple story to something poetically potent. Jones’ deeply textured illustrations make every spruce sprig and, especially, the bears’ fur stand out beautifully. A standout spread rotates the book 90 degrees for a tall tree climb; it’s a delight, just like everything else in this expertly executed picture book. (This book was reviewed digitally with 10.5-by-21-inch double-page spreads viewed at actual size.) Hibernation has rarely felt so well earned and enchanting” Author: Alice B. McGinty Illustrator: Richard Jones Review Issue Date: September 15, 2020 Online Publish Date: September 1, 2020 Publisher:Schwartz & Wade/Random
“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.