Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - John Hogan

Illustrator and Writer

Region: British Isles
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I posses a BA(hons) Graphic Design/Illustration. MA Illustration
I arrived at children’s book illustration after a varied career, encompassing periods as a psychiatric nurse, a graphic designer and a fine art painter. Although I have received the best in arts training, I have a natural talent for art and design that was evident from a very young age, drawing constantly when I was a boy rather than being out with my friends. My mum always said I would be an artist, and here I am, still drawing  40 years on! At primary school, I had a strong following for my drawing skills, being asked frequently by the other children to draw a picture of a bird or cat and everything else, for them. Secondary School was no different, were my abilities won awards and commendations. I left school with 3 o levels. One of them was grade A. Art  Although I didn’t have the required grades to attend university I was Lucky enough to be accepted into university on the strength of my self initiated illustration portfolio. Upon completing my degree, I travelled to London with my A1 portfolio looking for an agent. Three days later, I had  found an agent, over the next 2 years  I produced realist oil paintings for advertising, and publishing, for national and international clients through my agent.  Included EA Games, Customs and excise, lancashire constabulary, Redrow, The American Opera House, amongst others.