Andy Davies

Andy Davies

Senior Lecturer in Illustration

Art & Design Communication

Contact Details


Andy has worked as a professional freelance illustrator and educator since 2004 and joined the University of Worcester in 2011. He uses his professional practice experience and research interests within his teaching, helping students to develop their understanding of visual communication. His artwork has been used in an editorial context by magazines and newspapers, in marketing campaigns, and for several children's books.

To date, Andy's work has been shown in exhibitions in the UK, USA, South Korea, Slovakia and Italy and publications including: 'AOI Images 29, 31 and 35', 'Creative Quarterly Journal', 'Mail me Art: Going Postal with the World's Best Illustrators', 'How to create a Portfolio' and 'Icon'. His work can be viewed on his website: 

Clients include:

FT Magazine (Financial Times), Charlesbridge Publishing, World Wildlife Fund, Condé Nast, Asda Magazine, Pizza Express, Marks and Spencer, Vodafone, BBC, Templar Publishing, Gardeners' World Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, A Place In the Sun Magazine, Celf Creative, Dare Digital, The Grand Union, Transworld Publishing, Summersdale, Emap, The Fortean Times, The Reader's Digest Magazine, Inside Housing, Management Today, The Health Service Journal, npower, Caravan Club Magazine, Buster Books, Richmond Publishing, Living France Magazine, Woman's Weekly Magazine, Limegreentangerine, The Welsh Book Council, The English Review, Immediate Media.

Andy also writes for the 'Association of Illustrators' (AOI), reviewing children's books and other publications related to art and design.


  • 2015: The Higher Education Academy
    Awarded Fellowship

  • 2012 – 2015: University of Worcester
    PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

  • 2006 – 2008: Loughborough University
    MA Art & Design (Studio Practice)

  • 2001 – 2004: Loughborough University
    BA (Hons) Illustration


Andy has worked at several different universities and colleges across the UK. He teaches a wide range of subjects that cover different aspects of Illustration practice. He is module leader of the following modules:

  • ILTN1013 Illustration: Digital Processes
  • ILTN2011 Sequential Illustration
  • ILTN3009 Illustration: Professional Practice
  • ILTN3012/14 Negotiated Project

Research Interests

  • The history, folklore and ecology of the River Severn
  • Migration
  • Illustrated maps
  • Pilgrimage
  • Location drawing
  • Children's picture books and other forms of narrative illustration
  • Folktales

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the University of Worcester's International Centre for the Picture Book in Society (ICPBS).


Association of Illustrators (AOI) Images Annual 29, 31 & 35, 2005 - 2011, Association of Illustrators (artwork included in peer reviewed publications & exhibited in London).

Book Reviews, written for the Association of Illustrators (AOI) blog (, 2017 – Present.

Cheltenham Illustration Award 2016 & 2018 (artwork shortlisted for the award, included in publication & exhibited in Cheltenham, U.K).

‘Contemporary Illustrative Responses to the European Refugee Crisis’. Paper published in the CONFIA 2019 7th International Conference on Illustration & Animation, Proceedings. Instituto Politécnico do Càvado e do Ave, Barcelos, Portugal. Co-authored with Desdemona McCannon.  

Creative Quarterly 100 Best 2017, Artisanal Media LLC, New York, 2018 (artwork included in publication & New York exhibition).

Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design, Issues 21, 23, 37, 42, 46 & 50, Artisanal Media LLC, New York, 2010 – 2017. (artwork included in publications and/or in the online gallery).

'Here and There'. Artwork exhibited at ‘Illustrating Mental Health, the Illustration Research Symposium’ November 2019, University of Worcester.

How to Create a Portfolio, 2010, Fig Taylor, Lawrence King, ISBN 978-1856696722, (artwork included in publication).

Mail Me Art, Going Postal with the World's Best Illustrators, 2009, Darren Di Lieto, How Books, ISBN 978-1600611032, (artwork included in publication).

Migrations Exhibition, BIBIANA, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017 (ICPBS group exhibition).

Migrations, Open Hearts Open Borders, 2019, Otter-Barry Books,

ISBN  978-1910959800, (artwork included in publication).

Prize for Illustration, 2011, 2012 & 2017 (artwork shortlisted for the award & exhibited at the London Transport Museum, U.K).

‘Tales from the Road: Stories Heard by a Pilgrim (maybe)’. Artwork exhibited at the 'Enchanted Environments Symposium’, March 2020, University of Worcester. 

Tapirulan Illustrators Contest 2014, 2017 & 2020, (artwork shortlisted for the award, included in publication & exhibited in Cremona, Italy).

‘Visualising Spaces: The Illustrated Map as a mode of communicating Fact, Fiction and Feeling’. Paper published in VaroomLab Journal 4 'Visionaries', 2016. (paper presented at Visionaries conference at Birmingham City University, U.K, 2015).

‘Walk, See, Create: Google-Mapping Collaboration’. Paper presented at the ‘Beyond Boundaries-Learning, Teaching and Student Experience conference’, June 2017, University of Worcester. Co-authored with Andy Stevenson.

External Roles

Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts

External Examiner BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation at Wirral Met College, University of Chester

Writing book reviews for the Association of Illustrators (AOI)

Peer reviewer for the Journal of Illustration (Intellect Books).