Andy Catling is a freelance illustrator who specializes in illustration work for children's picture books as well as greetings cards. Andy grew up in East Anglia a rather flat primeval place where any Dutchman would be at home rolling his Edam. Where he lived with big skies and ruler straight horizon. Currently living in Hampshire a place of subtle bumpish nature, which he says, will allow him to acclimatize himself before the next incremental move towards the ultimate 3-dimensional landscape.
Andy said that his influences that lead to his artistic career was "I used to chew pencils a great deal at school and it was probably such a diet that lead (uh-oh) to an artistic longing straight from my internals."
Andy Studied at the Norwich school of art and design where he learned a great deal about animation, biscuits and why penguins are bad. Andy has been personally inspired by Victor Ambrus who he wishes was his Granddad and that Edmund Dulac and Arthure Rackham was his Great Great Granddad. Andy draws and paints and also uses a lot of staring to get his final illustration outcome.
When asked what he would do if he was not an illustrator he said: I'd be a knight with a whopping great castle and a seriously snorty horse. That's definitely what I would have been, no doubt about it. Trouble is, they are all extinct now (knights I mean, not horses.)