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Hello! I’m Josephine Dellow, a freelance Illustrator based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Clients include the BBC, HarperCollins, Scouts UK, Penguin Random House USA, Little Brown Book Group, Hodder & Stoughton, HSBC and the NHS.

It was a dream come true when my first book illustration job came along in 2017. Since then, I’ve illustrated for books (more, yay!), murals, social media images, giftware and game design. I also run an online shop where I sell prints, stationery and homeware.

My illustrations are drawn by hand and are often described as detailed, accessible, friendly and warm. I’m inspired by childhood memories, architecture, funny stories, super smooth paper and nice pens.

I studied BA (hons) Illustration at The University of Huddersfield
and MA Children's Book Illustration at The University of Central Lancashire. I worked for several years in the greetings card industry, before leaving in 2018 to work on my business full time and set my imagination free.

For commission enquiries, please email jd@josephinedellow.com or visit my contact page.

Where you can shop most of my range:

Sheffield Makers Hunters Bar
Sheffield Makers Winter Gardens
Curated Makers, Meadowhall Sheffield
Wickwire, Nether Edge
Kommune, Sheffield

Clients Include:


‘Josephine came to visit Hachette in July and it was great to meet her and look through her beautiful portfolio. Her style perfectly fit a brief I had and we quickly began working together. It’s been a pleasure, Josephine delivered  great visuals from roughs stage through to final, always echoing the brief and any feedback given, and communication was great throughout. We now have a beautiful book cover design that is loved by our publishing team and the author. I look forward to working with Josephine again in the future.’

- Joanne, Senior Designer
Hodder & Stoughton

‘It was an absolute pleasure to work with Josephine on two activity books. Her illustration work is just amazing (that’s an understatement!) and her work ethic is incredible. She was always quick to respond to emails, she stuck to deadlines and timelines, she completed tasks to the highest of standards, went above and beyond to get everything done, and was extremely lovely to email and communicate with. I would highly recommend working with Josephine on any project, big or small, and hope to do so again in the near future myself.’

- Hannah, Editor
Upside Down Books

'Josephine was a pleasure to work with. She was friendly, communicative and happy to take direction. She answered the brief perfectly and within a tight deadline. I would not hesitate to hire her again and recommend her to others.'

- Anna, Commissioning Editor
Little, Brown Book Group
‘We chose to hire Josephine as she had done a doodle of our of our events as part of her lovely doodle diary. After seeing more of her work at a sharing we absolutely loved her style and felt her aesthetic fit our company perfectly. She bought our vision to life exactly as we had imagined with so much character, charm and attention to detail, happily making the file adaptable for future usage. Cannot reccomend this talented woman enough, thank you so much again Josephine!’

- Megan
Girl Gang Sheffield/ Manchester
'Josephine is a very talented illustrator.
Her work has lots of personality and interesting detail bringing the characters and scenes to life. Josephine always delivered to deadlines and met any amends with a willing enthusiasm which is a great quality in a busy studio environment. I would definitely recommend working with Josephine.'

- Amera, Creative Director
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