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Our illustration team

All our workshop and project leaders are professional illustrators with a great deal of experience and expertise in running learning projects. Meet a few of them here.

Merlin Evans
Merlin is an illustrator, comic artist and educator. She is glued to the study of human anatomy in all its forms, and is currently completing postgraduate training in Medical Art through the MAET. She is passionate about recording the world in all its detail, specialising in hand drawn pen and ink illustrations. She was selected to study on londonprintstudio's 'Best of Young British Comic Talent’ scholarship, and her work was picked by Shaun Tan to showcase the best of ‘Emerging Talent’ at the International Cheltenham Illustration Awards. She has worked with the House of Illustration since 2010, and is passionate about using illustration to relax, amuse and inspire students of all ages.

Mark Long
Mark Long is an illustrator working in the editorial field, who illustrated his first children's book in 2012. Since 2008 he has made artwork for a number of clients including Walker Books, Google, and the Financial Times, and currently illustrates regularly for the Independent. Prior to becoming a full-time illustrator, Mark worked as a secondary school art teacher for several years. He has worked with House of Illustration since 2010.

Mark Oliver
Mark’s work is based on the combination of critical and poetic thinking, writing, drawing and print processes. His books and zines are part of the London College of Communication’s library. Mark brings his love for creative thinking and self-publishing to illustration workshops in schools, galleries and museums across London and the UK. He has worked with House of Illustration since 2010.

Sion Ap Tomos
Sion Ap Tomos is an illustrator, artist and educator. A graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, he divides his time between illustration commissions, teaching drawing and illustration to adults and children, delivering a variety of creative workshops for museums and galleries, and creating paintings that focus on the varying landscapes of London. He has worked with House of Illustration since 2010, working on a number of primary school projects and family workshops, enjoying spreading the word about illustration and exploring how it can be integrated into the learning curriculum.

Toya Walker
Toya Walker is a Jerwood Prize-shortlisted artist and illustrator who graduated in painting from Edinburgh College of Art. Her illustrations reflect her joy in the tactile process of making. Primarily producing storyboards and concept art for the advertising industry, she also makes work for science and education projects. Clients include Atlantic Records, UCL, MAN + HATCHET and Channel 4. Toya balances her illustration work with involvement in art education and has been working with House of Illustration since 2009.