About Jemima Catlin

I'm an illustrator, designer author and web developer living in Dorchester, Dorset UK.


I am an illustrator, designer, author, and web developer living in Dorchester, Dorset, UK with my husband, and two young daughters. I have lived in Dorchester since I was born in 1986, and by the age of 4 had developed a passion for art. From a young age I knew that I wanted to be an illustrator (or a rabbit or a clown). My father is a professional photographer, and my mother is a professional artist and writer. I began writing stories, and illustrating them when I was just 8 years old.

After A levels, I studied an Art and Design Diploma at Weymouth College, and then went on to do an FdA Degree in Visual Communication at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, followed by a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Illustration.

For my final major project during my Visual Communication degree, I chose to illustrate Roverandom by J R R Tolkien, and went to Harper Collins offices in London to show them my finished work.

It was a year later that Christopher Tolkien, J R R Tolkien’s son, asked me to send some illustration ideas for The Hobbit. Three years later, in 2013, 150 of my illustrations were published in the first illustrated children’s edition of The Hobbit HardbackThe Hobbit, along with the 2014 Tolkien calendar, and the Deluxe edition of The Hobbit. Then the The Hobbit Paperbackpaperback edition of The Hobbit with my illustrations was published, in 2017.

Tomatoes by Jemima CatlinSince then, I have completed many other projects, including writing and illustrating my own children’s book, Tomatoes published by Archaeopteryx Imprint. My client list includes Waterstones, Harper Collins and Sharpham Park.

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