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

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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.
Dear Rosie and IllustrationX, thank you again for the fantastic illustrations you have done for our project.
Ryan Lynch - Managing Partner, Beardwood&co - New York
I got a chance to work with some big clients via IllustrationX, such as Armani Exchange, Sourcebook, Inc, Prevention Magazine etc. And I also feel grateful and thankful for all of IllustrationX team and agents to help my career!
Decue Wu @ 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
Thank you Harry! I've lost count of the number of years you and your FAB team have represented me, one thing's for certain, the partnership has yielded great satisfaction from my quarter. My work has developed tremendously under your supervision, to a point I wouldn't have thought possible all those years ago in Blackpool college, sitting at my battered desk ... keep an eye on antique's roadshow it may well show up!
Ian Naylor @ 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
Being represented by IllustrationX and AnimationX has been truly invaluable to me and my dream of being an Illustrator. As a graduate, they have opened doors for me, so early in my career, that I couldn't possibly have reached without their help and knowledge of the industry. The whole team, all over the world, are professional and friendly in equal measure and have made my transition from student to working professional not only a possibility but a pleasure.
Chris Gilleard @ illustration
I have had the pleasure of working with IllustrationX and AnimationX for several years now, and it's been a joy! Always friendly and professional, they have provided me with great work and clientele, from the UK and USA especially. I feel as though I'm in good hands!
Lauren Mortimer @ illustration
IllustrationX makes it easy. I had never worked with an agency before and they helped me pick an option that perfectly suited my needs.
Jake Prince, Elevos
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
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
The whole team are highly professional and also extremely friendly, which is a great bonus. They are a pleasure to work with as they are swift with communication, provide informative briefs and regular promotional support. I have already worked on some dream commissions that I couldn't have achieved without the team. It's an honour to be represented by IllustrationX and AnimationX and be amongst the best illustrators.
Chrissy Lau @ illustration
Thank everyone at IllustrationX and AnimationX for the lovely notebook that arrived on my desk this morning! All the best
Paula Ellis , Deputy Art Director Conde Nast Traveller
This is a great step forward in Barnardos. The feedback has been so positive, from parents, from staff. We could not have done it without your gorgeous work and illustrations. They add the fun, the vibrancy and we just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Alicia, Jan and the Barnardos Whãnau, Barnardos NZ
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
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
I find working with IllustrationX and AnimationX very easy and the agenting team supply a very quick & professional service. They represent a large selection of good quality illustrators with a wide selection of styles. The website is easy to use & search. I enjoy being kept up to date with their promotional emails & Scrapbook notebooks which give me a sense of the illustrator's personality and help me gauge if they are the right person for a particular project.
Steve Marking - Art Director, Orion Publishing Group UK
Thanks, team IllustrationX for a terrific evening at Scrapbook Live - a great way to get a sense of the agency and what it's about. The dynamism of the agents and the diversity of the art was very apparent. I've always liked the fact that IllustrationX represents a select list of artists whose styles are very broad. This was well showcased. It was a pleasure to meet some of your artists too. To know that the individuals you represent are so energetic, professional and personable really is a huge draw when thinking of commissioning. Above all, we took away a great sense of energy, openness and optimism from artists & agents. Great feelings to have at the moment.
Emily Lamm, Walker Books
Thank you for helping coordinate this project with Lisa. She made a fantastic piece that everyone we've shown it to absolutely loves. Also Thank you to Yourself & Mike. You both made an intimidating process incredibly easy (not always an easy thing to do by email)
Jordan Hillinger, Private Client
I joined IllustrationX and AnimationX in 2011 and couldn’t be happier. All of the agents and staff are fantastic and great to work with. They’ve given me the opportunity to work with clients all over the world, most of which I don’t think I would have had the chance to on my own. I’m very honored to be a member of the IllustrationX family and look forward to working with them in the years to come.
Joseph McDermott @ illustration
I am honored to be represented by such honest and professional agents! I joined IllustrationX over a year ago and thanks to them I have already received many great commissions for worldwide clients. The team constantly promote your work and communicate with you to improve your portfolio and visibility. Thanks to their effort and tireless enthusiasm I feel confident that my portfolio will continually attract a wide range of clients! I couldn't ask for a better team of agents: Juliette is remarkably efficient, Victoria always passionate and professional about giving advice, and the finance team punctual with payments!
Lucia Emanuela Curzi @ 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
Working with Liam has been an absolute pleasure. From briefing to final execution, everything went smoothly and we are extremely pleased with the results.
Alessandro Perottoni - Senior Brand Manager, Sipsmith London
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
Working with you and your agency has been a great pleasure. You always answer super prompt and keep the process and communication under the control and I have felt your strong support in every step. Paperwork was prepared accurately and reliably.
Maris Vilu, Koor EU
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
American Illustration Winners!
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!
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