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About me

Hi! I’m Cristina, a children’s illustrator based in London. Currently I also work at a book shop, which is quite fun! This basically sums up my two passions: books and illustration.

Whenever I start something, I try to make my work both fun and interesting, because I think that’s what makes a vocational job great. I experiment quite a lot, which is why I have different projects.

Recently I was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration for Cat in a Tux, one of my picture books. I’ve also taken part in a couple of self-publicated projects and collaborated with Mr Momo, a small publishing house based in Seville.

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Work experience

Children’s Books Illustrator

‘Cat in a Tux’, highly commended by Macmillan · 2019.

‘Sybil, la brujita de Wall Street’, published by Mr Momo · 2017.

Designer and Motion Graphics Designer

‘Zal and the Phoenix’, a music picture book · 2018- present.

Chief Illustrator and Designer

Smart Zoociety, a hand printed t-shirts brand · 2016-2017.

Comic Illustrator

‘The Boxer’, a self-published fanzine · 2016.

Intern Illustrator and Designer

El Golpe, a Design Studio (Seville, Spain) · 2016.

House of Illustration

Volunteer in Marketing and Galleries · 2018- present.


Illustration Training Course

Escuela de Arte San Telmo (Malaga, Spain) 2010 · 2012.

Illustration · Graphic Design · Animation

De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) 2014 · 2015.

Fine Arts Degree

Universidad de Sevilla (Sevilla, Spain) 2012 · 2016.

Web Typography

Treehouse courses · 2017.

UX Basics

Treehouse courses · 2017.

Adobe Illustrator for Web Design

Treehouse courses · 2017.

Children’s Book Illustration · Advanced

City Lit (London) 2019.



I was proud to be invited to take part in this exhibition, one of many in ARTSevilla 2016, a yearly art festival. Many artists participated in ARTSGráfica, a celebration of drawing and illustration.

Casa del Libro

That’s a 4 storey book shop in Seville, and they like to use the stairs’ gaps for local artist’s exhibitions. I sold quite a few in this one! Seeing my work surrounded by books felt great too.