Freelance Illustrator Katy Potaty

Katy Potaty has been a freelance illustrator since graduating in 2004 from the University of Central Lancashire.


‘I am currently based in East Yorkshire but work with clients all over the country and even across the pond. I would describe myself as a ‘general’ illustrator, having worked on a such a huge variety of projects such as surface pattern, character design and editorial. I would really like to find my niche and hope to one day become a children’s picture book illustrator.

I am influenced everyday by everything. I used to have an office job and arrived home daily with pockets full of post-it-notes covered in doodles. I come up with the best ideas at the least appropriate times; I once spotted a lovely colour scheme whilst in a job interview and stopped listening to the interviewer. (I got the job.) My work is inspired by colour, pattern and mother nature.’


‘At the moment I have just finished illustrating a children’s activity sheet for the British Postal Museum and Archive in London, I’m about to complete a logo design for The Quilters’ Guild in York and next on my books is a private commission designing a beer label.

I recently gave up my day job, which was a really scary decision to make, so I’m just trying to get my fingers in lots of different pies at the moment!’

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