Connecting you to the most varied and diverse top illustration talent from around the globe since 1929

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About Us

Founded in London’s Covent Garden in 1929, IllustrationX is the world’s leading illustration agency, with eight offices across four continents.


We connect you to the most varied and diverse collection of top illustration talent from across the globe, which helps you to maximise the creative and commercial impact of your projects each and every time.


Our agents are consistently recognised for their professionalism and expertise*. Wherever you live and work, our local team is alive to emerging trends and market insights, ready to advise you on making the right choices. Call or email us to discuss your needs at any time.


We are a caring business and think of our clients and artists as part of the family, building close relationships with each of them and nurturing the potential of every commission for everyone’s benefit. We love what we do.


As a caring business, we have had a net zero carbon footprint since 2013 through our Ten Million Trees programme, to which we commit 1% of our annual turnover. We are dedicated to combating global warming.


IllustrationX is a member of the Association of Illustrators UK (AOI) and a member of the Society of Artists' Agents UK (SAA) and adheres to the conditions of membership.


* Source: IllustrationX Annual Customer Surveys, 1998 to 2018.

Sarah Beetson
As our talent scout, Sarah has a finger on the pulse of international contemporary illustration and an eye peeled for unique new artists with special skills. She’s also an experienced fine artist and illustrator.
Alice Desmond
Before representing our illustration talents, Alice worked in some of London’s top advertising agencies. She loves the part of her role that involves finding the perfect illustrator for each commission, and she’s great when it comes to establishing relationships between clients and our artists, be it in English or her fluent German.
Sarah Hodder
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience with the agency. As our Finance Director she’s both meticulous and trustworthy. Sarah works internationally, supporting our clients, artists and agents - making sure all the bills get paid and balancing the books.
Jac Lott
Jac has a wonderful curatorial eye. She selects and orders all the images in our artists’ online portfolios. Not only does she do this with charm, passion and endeavor, but her touch greatly improves a portfolio's success in terms of viewers and enquiries.
Juliette Lott
Vivacious and always willing to help, Juliette keeps our British office ticking with her energy and enthusiasm. She’s fast and efficient, yet she gives every project the attention it needs in order to thrive, from small editorial pieces right through to huge advertising campaigns.
Ana Bandarra
With 20 years of experience working with creative talent as art buyer in Rio's top advertising agencies and creative studios Ana joins our agents team representing our artists in Brazil and South America.
Her passion for art, her understanding of the creative process and attention to each commission's needs ensures a smooth and pleasant process for both artists and clients on the delivery of projects.
Lauren Ashleigh
Lauren works in NYC as part of the US team. She adores working with artists and people who love art. Lauren has a background in fine art and photography and keeps her finger on the pulse of the New York art world. She is always seeking out creative inspiration and stimulation in the forms of fine art, design, music, and film.
Susan Bell
Susan supports Sarah Mortimer in our accounts department. Formerly a regional controller in the banking industry, she brings with her 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. Susan enjoys being the go-to person when there’s a problem that needs to be resolved.
Stacey Endress
Leading our team in North America, Stacey understands a wide range of markets. That’s no surprise - on top of her Fine Art degree she has experience in fashion, media sales and publishing. People who’ve worked with Stacey admire her efficiency, attention to detail and passion for illustration.
Karen Kaller
Karen loves the challenges and variety you’re exposed to when you’re an illustration agent who strives to bring the best out of every project. She has a Fine Art degree and has worked in publishing and design. Her outgoing personality is a hit with our US clients.
Marie Bastille
Marie has a reputation for being one of the finest agents in France, and has been representing Illustration Ltd in Paris for 25 years. When it comes to translating a creative brief, she has true vision and takes pleasure in making the whole process run as smoothly as possible.
Judith Blanche
Julia Freudenthal
Julia’s nickname is ‘the voice’ because she loves talking to clients and illustrators, making sure commissions run as smoothly as possible. Her background in graphic design gives her a clear understanding of the creative process and she approaches her work with energy, resilience and a touch of humour.
Corinna Hein
After founding her own agency in Germany, Corinna partnered with Illustration Ltd in 1995 and has never looked back. Die ILLUSTRATOREN is now one of the largest agencies in the German market. You’ll find Corinna cooperative and friendly, and she loves seeing illustration used on a massive scale.
Janna Kruetzer
Sometimes the best things happen entirely by chance. With legal training and a degree in art history, Janna never envisaged becoming an illustration agent, however her administrative skills and understanding of art make her an excellent one. She empathises with clients and illustrators alike.
Alexandra Maul
Alexandra has an eye for detail and has worked to the highest standards ever since she first joined the agency. Both our clients and our artists enjoy working with her because of the positive and cheerful attitude that she applies to every single job.
Steffi Rauch
A unique idea is a thing of beauty to Steffi, and she loves seeing great concepts turned into successful creative projects. She joined our team after 10 years in the Hamburg design industry, which gives her an in-depth understanding of how our clients work and exactly what they require.
Amary Tang
We met Amary when we first explored the Chinese market and she’s been with us ever since. Fun, kind and honest, she enjoys keeping in touch with artists, seeing their latest work and imaging new ways of applying their skills. Her background is in costume design, fashion and animation.
Chad Lane
With a background in commercial photography, business and HR management, Chad thoroughly enjoys the process of developing an idea into its full visual entity. With an open and friendly demeanour, he combines a meticulous approach with attention to detail and an added dose of Aussie humour.
Archana Karthik
Archana has never been the one to shy away from new challenges. That's what led her to head our team in India, after a rich experience of over 15 years in both the business and creative fields. Besides interacting with clients and artists, she enjoys being a passionate student of linguistics.
Paul Hughson
Paul runs all our Digital Marketing programs and campaigns, heading up a team of full time highly focused and experienced professionals dedicated to optimising the digital opportunities out there for our artists. This covers all aspects of social media, search, ads, UX and much more besides.
Vanessa Lambert
Vanessa has experience as both an illustrator and an agent, and quickly comes to grips with the creative vision behind the projects she works on. She promotes all the great work our artists do for clients via social media, and also curates our monthly newsletter.
Harry Lyon-Smith
Harry took over Garden Studio from John Havergal in 1997, and turned it into Illustration Ltd. His passion for connecting with people, collaborating with them and spotting new opportunities have helped evolve the agency into a worldwide network of leading creative talent.
It was a pleasure working with you and your talent:). Good luck in the future and thanks again. We are all really happy with the art.
Heidi Longmire, Glass Agency
We had the first exhibition of the Nippon paint underground artworks in Beijing last week & the feedback was great from the audience. Thanks, we will have the same event in Guangzhou and Shanghai as well, we would love to invite you to be there if you are able.
Lily Jin, Saatchi & Saatchi Shanghai
Having often heard of difficult stories from many illustrators and artists on how their careers were partly formed by bad experiences with various agencies, I feel very lucky and privileged that Consulting Agent Sarah Beetson immediately saw the potential in my work from a handful of images and to have IllustrationX's encouragement and support to confidently develop as a freelance artist. The agency is unique in that they have a personal approach to each artist, providing great guidance whilst also being very professional and fair in liaising with clients on our behalf. The international team’s expertise and innovative manner uphold the agency’s leading position and I couldn’t have found a better home.
Montana Forbes @ illustration
With a fabulous selection of artists and a staff that is always on the ball, IllustrationX. makes my dreams come true every time.
Ryan Olbrysh, Art Director, Las Vegas Weekly
We just received our May issue that Tony illustrated for us, and it's just FABULOUS! Getting rave reviews all around the office. Thank you so much! It will probably be my best cover ever & I have Tony to thank for that. I look forward to working with both IllustrationX and AnimationX & Tony again in the future
Regine M. Lombardo - Art Director, MM&M New York
I just wanted to say a big "Thank you" to you for your gorgeous newsletters! I just love them! This is finally a newsletter you don’t want to miss or just overlook! It is so nice to get some further information about the illustrators’ and how they work, what inspires them and so on. Such a nice "distraction" in daily business! =) I get to know many "new" artists I didn’t know or had in mind so far - and of course the free poster is just awesome!!!! This is so nice to get a free "sample" of some wonderful illustrations. I found a place at home for one or the other, or they just decorate my office a little bit
Magdalena Ignatowski - Art Buyer, OgilvyOne Frankfurt
Working with IllustrationX was easy and seamless. Lauren was quick to respond to any questions and made the process of our first time working with an illustrator super easy. Everything went swimmingly! The brief was answered quickly and professionally, the communication flowed fast and seamlessly, everything was done in a timely manner, and our expectations were exceeded.
Kaitlyn Bowen, Michigan Breastfeeding Network
Working with IllustrationX and AnimationX just gets better and better - and I've been with them for over 20 years so I should know! The team themselves are the perfect balance of professionalism and friendliness and their experience shines through in every aspect of working with them. They work extremely hard at making sure that both clients and illustrators are happy. I feel my own work and creativity has been able to grow and flourish thanks to the many high calibre clients and varied briefs they have secured for me. They keep me consistently very busy with lovely work - sometimes too much! But they definitely take the headache out of it with their excellent support and working practices. I am proud to be a part of the catalogue of talented, pleasant and enthusiastic artists they attract. For me, Illustration is more than just an agency, it's a connection to the best (and nicest!) people in the industry, right around the world.
Gail Armstrong @ illustration
Many thanks and I'm so happy to work with you, guys. Very proud about this work. Big x for all.
Christiano Neves, JWT
I have been an illustrator with IllustrationX and AnimationX since they started [I was with The Garden studio before this when Harry Lyon-Smith first began to work for them]. Up until this point I had had a number of disastrous relationships with agents run by cowboys - a very expensive and upsetting process. I have complete faith in IllustrationX and AnimationX and its brilliant team. They have always proven honest, efficient, friendly and dealt with clients in a business-like manner. They are always one step ahead of the game when it comes to marketing and promotion. I haven't seen a better web site which is always being looked at and updated. Un-like my past agents, I have always been paid [and on time] They communicate regularly with newsletters and promotions on different artists as well as having social events with their illustrators. I have worked frequently for Die Illustratoren in Germany and also for Stacey in the US. Again, I can't speak more highly of them. Stacey is remarkably efficient and friendly always following through any opportunities that present themselves.
Alan Baker @ illustration
2017 was a successful year! I got a chance to work with some big clients via IllustrationX, such as Armani Exchange, Sourcebook, Inc, Prevention Magazine etc. Hope 2018 is getting better and better. And I also feel grateful and thankful for all of Illustrationx team and agents to help my career!
Decue Wu @ illustration
Stacey is a perfect communicator and is always on top of any issue that we may have.
Chris Beelitz, Edwin & Chris - Germany & Australia
IllustrationX and AnimationX have a superb team of agents who are trustworthy, proactive and completely reliable. Their varied client list has allowed me to expand the breadth of jobs undertaken. Their finance team is punctual with payments and they have been nothing but utterly brilliant to work with.
Helen Lang @ illustration
Thanks guys...you’ve got a great range of Illustrators and they’re backed up by your friendly and efficient team....always a pleasure to work with.
Simon Williams MD & Creative Director, Feast Creative Ltd - London
I've known IllustrationX and AnimationX for many years now and have always found them to be highly professional and passionate about delivering the best possible results, both from a creative and cost point of view. Each of the different agents that I've met are simply delightful, keen to help and to get the best out of their illustrators ensuring they deliver on brief and on time, every time. The range of illustrators/artists they represent are the best in their field, and IllustrationX and AnimationX pride themselves on the wide variety of styles on offer. I find the website particularly useful when searching for just the right person and style to present on to my clients. Knowing that a can trust IllustrationX and AnimationX to support me in what I need while ensuring that their artists are treated fairly and encouraged to do their best work time and again, makes it very easy to recommend them as the best illustration agency around. Great people, great artist, great results.
Ian Lanksbury - Design Director, Radley Yeldar London
Some of you may already know I branched out to full time freelance last year and its been quite the learning curve but overall a great experience. I want to thank all of you at IllustrationX for the work that you do to make this even possible for me. I'm so proud to be represented by you and I still pinch myself at some of the clients I have had the pleasure of working with. It would not be possible without you great people so thank you so so much and I look forward to getting better at my craft this year and working with you on some more fun projects!
Luke Scriven @ illustration
IllustrationX and AnimationX have always been a great support to my endeavours as an illustrator, their tireless interest in finding new clients and the best new illustrators means I'm always gifted with good company. And with clients coming from all over the world, new markets and opportunities are always around the corner.
Rohan Eason @ illustration
Love working with your agency. Each time it’s been a lovely and seamless experience.
Lidia Moore, Women's Wear Daily
Just to let you know that you have been extremely helpful for the last 8 months of working on this project. I am actually very impressed with how you handled everything along the way including the contract issues that we had etc.. You were always very responsive, reliable, very sharp and helpful. I went into this project without knowing much about this and was pleasantly surprised with how you were able to manage it. Working with an artist across the world who does not speak English or know what I need sounds really challenging. You were a huge part of this thing going really smooth. I hope your boss really appreciates you working for this company :)
Yana Hoch, Self Publisher USA
IllustrationX and AnimationX picked me up as a raw talent and have helped instil a deep understanding of the visual communication industry and client needs whilst leaving my creativity unbridled. A friendlier, more accommodating and professional agency you'll struggle to find. I'm thrilled to be signed to the best in the world.
Ben Tallon @ illustration
Such a great assortment of illustrators from all over the world! And a great team of reps right across the globe! ‘IllustrationX’ is truly international. The website is always fresh and informative. I really like the Scrapbooks. They are wonderful. For me, as an illustrator in the ‘team’ I can really focus on being creative and leave all the other business in their safe hands. From Stacey in the US to Amary in China it has always been a great delight to work with ‘IllustrationX’.
Christopher Corr @ illustration
Andreas and yourself were a dream to work with, and all of the artwork exceeded our expectations. I look forward to working with you again soon!
Jess Williams - Art Director, AGInteractive
IllustrationX and AnimationX have a really great range of talent, the website is simple and it’s easy to find exactly what I’m looking for and they are always a pleasure to work with.
Trine Johnson - Producer, Red Bee Media
IllustrationX and AnimationX have a fantastic team of agents working around the world. They are all great to work with, very trustworthy and enthusiastic. I put my complete trust in them to look after the job in hand. I have been a part of this large family of illustrators for a few years, and feel like my client base has gone from strength to strength. Illustration has given me the chance to work with all ends of the illustration world and given me lots of experience in many different area's! Fantastic Team! Thank you IllustrationX
Hannah Davies @ illustration
Thank you again for all your help in organising Jacqueline for our hotel launch. We have received nothing but wonderful comments from the evening and her presence was a real highlight for many guests. It got very busy at some points but she was an absolute professional throughout…sketching non-stop for five hours!!
Gina Traboulsi, FlamingoRose
This months Highlights!
Happy New Year 2021!
Christmas Team lunch with a culinary twist!
Shanghai Exhibition
WIA Shortlist
10 Million Trees
Team IllustrationX and our Wednesday Huddle
Great News for Grace!
On the Longlist!
Juliette Toma is on the Longlist!
Hello
We are happy to help!