Anthony Lloyd Jones:
Tiaras and Scrap Paper

Meet the creatures and characters that live in Anthony Lloyd Jones’ joyful land of adventure and fantasy.

His charmingly detailed illustrations can’t help but escape from the colourful and thoughtful picture books they are created for.

The Elf, The Princess and the Impossible Shoe (excerpt 2) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
The Elf, The Princess and the Impossible Shoe (excerpt 1) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
The Princess and the Fog (excerpt) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
Somewhere to Sleep (excerpt 2) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
Somewhere to Sleep (excerpt 1) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
Anniwabba and the Pearl (concept) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
Cursed Doll by Anthony Lloyd Jones
My Girls... by Anthony Lloyd Jones
The Nervous Knight (excerpt) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
Pearla (excerpt) by Anthony Lloyd Jones
The Thief of Apples (excerpt) by Anthony Lloyd Jones

We asked the artist…

How would you describe your work?

I like to think my work is fun! There’s an almost chaotic playfulness to it – with lots of different textures, often too much colour, and loads of details and jokes you might miss on the first viewing. I try to bring an energy of childlike joy to the work I create that I hope shines through! This is especially useful for injecting some levity and memorability to the children’s books about mental health topics that I’ve been writing and illustrating for Jessica Kingsley Publishers for the last decade.

What inspires you?


I read a lot of comics – I’m on a big Ms Marvel kick at the moment – but I also have a decently-sized library of indie stories and webcomic collections and the like.

Outside of all that, I am inspired by people, nature, the random paper ephemera I find and collect for my collage cabinet, dreams, my own experiences with mental health issues, technology and nostalgia.

What materials do you generally use?

I’ve already mentioned the collage cabinet. Also, at the moment, Posca paint markers, Windsor & Newton Pro Markers, Seawhite of Brighton paper, Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax crayons, Derwent Inktense Pencils, and Jackson’s Acrylic Paint. It varies though! I had a big phase of using Letraset and rubber letter stamps a few years ago, and I was really into dip pens for a bit too.

What’s been your favourite project to work on so far?

It’s hard to say! My most recent book, The Elf, The Princess and the Impossible Shoe was a lot of fun and allowed me to expand the world of my previous books, while pushing the envelope visually.

I was also the artist on a computer game demo all about Serbian mythology called Avetinjahttps://team-avetinja.itch.io/avetinja that I’m hoping we’ll pick up work on again soon. I had a lot of creative control and got to research cool Slavic monsters.

Where can we find more of your work?

My carefully-curated portfolio website is at www.anthonylloydjones.com.

I am struggling to find a home in the world of social media at the moment, but you can also find me on Tumblr at https://www.tumblr.com/blog/aljillustration and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/aljillustration if you want to see the stuff that doesn’t make it onto the website.