Illustration

Over recent years my work has also expanded into more commercial roles, with commissions for books, packaging and greetings cards taking my images to a new and growing audience.

Projects

Books

The Wild Isles: The very best of British and Irish nature writing selected by the natural history writer Patrick Barkham. Published by Head of Zeus.

The Salt Path: The 80-week Sunday Times bestseller by Raynor Winn that has inspired over half a million readers.
The Wild Silence: Also by Raynor Winn. Published by Penguin.

English Pastoral: The Sunday Times Nature Book Of The Year by James Rebanks. A Telegraph, Financial Times, New Statesman, Independent, Telegraph, Observer and Daily Mail Book of the Year 2020. Published by Penguin.

Birds: Written by television presenter and president of the RSPB, Miranda Krestovnikoff. Long listed for the 2021 Klaus Flugge illustration awards. Published by Bloomsbury. To read more please click here.

October October: 'Katya Balen's October, October is a very special new addition to the shelf and deserves classic status' - The Sunday Times. Published by Bloomsbury.

Nature Poets Series by John Keats and The Thought Fox by Ted Hughes (part of series of Hughes poetry). Other illustrators in this series include Sarah Young, Neil Bousfield, Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin. Both published by Faber & Faber.

22 cover designs for P.D.James. Published by Faber & Faber.

Christmas is Murder: Written by Val McDermid. Published by Little Brown Books.

Tarka the Otter: Written by Henry Williamson. Published by New York Book Review.

How To See Nature: Written by Paul Evan. Published by Pavillion.

 

Packaging

Three of my prints have been used illustrations as part of a brand refresh for working dog food specialists Skinners. My illustrations feature on the packaging for their wet, puppy and treat ranges, and work with the new identity to reinforce the concept of working dogs and their joy of being in the outdoors.

Examples of the new packs can be seen on their promotional videos at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvSI4f8yKok

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvkKS410hWg

https://www.skinners.co.uk/