Gato Marino

About Me

Hi! I’m Cris Martín, a children’s books 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 art.

I was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration for Cat in a Tux, my first picture book project. Since then, I’ve worked with Ransom Publishing and Curved House in the UK, and Babidi-Bú in Spain.

If you’re curious, I was born and bred in Málaga (Spain), which is why I am a gato marino (Spanish for sea cat, that is, a cat at sea). In my free time, you can find me enjoying a cup of coffee with a book, or having long walks trying to make friends with random cats.

If you have a children’s book project you think I could be suitable for, you can contact my agent Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency: kelly@ andreabrownlit.com

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Work experience

Children’s Books Illustrator

‘Amarillo’, published by Babidi-Bú · 2021

‘Un Cuento de los Malos de los Cuentos’, published by Babidi-Bú · 2021

‘Zal and the Phoenix’, self-published · 2020

‘The Bad Bug’, published by Ransom Publishing · 2020

‘Cat in a Tux’, highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration · 2019

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

Chief Illustrator and Designer

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

Intern Illustrator and Designer

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

House of Illustration

Volunteer in Marketing and Galleries · 2018-2020

Studies

Children’s Book Illustration · Advanced

City Lit (London) 2019

Adobe Illustrator for Web Design

Treehouse courses · 2017

Web Typography

Treehouse courses · 2017

UX Basics

Treehouse courses · 2017

Fine Arts Degree

Universidad de Sevilla (Sevilla, Spain) 2012 · 2016

Illustration · Graphic Design · Animation

De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) 2014 · 2015

Illustration Training Course

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

Exhibitions

ARTSGráfica

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 artists’ exhibitions. I sold quite a few in this one! Seeing my work surrounded by books felt great too.