I am an illustrator, picturebook maker and designer from the Southwest of England. Currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

While in Tokyo I am concentrating on developing my own projects, book ideas, and moving my practise forward. However, I’d still love to hear about any commissions – please email me at joe_lyward@hotmail.co.uk

I create work for all ages and like to explore a broad range of ideas and approaches to image making.

Alongside picturebooks I also work as a book designer and produce work for a variety of other illustration projects including editorial, public and packaging design.

I’m also available for giving talks and workshops.

If you’re interested in buying my work I have a shop HERE or alternatively you can contact me joe_lyward@hotmail.co.uk


Cambridge School of Art 

MA Children’s Book Illustration


Plymouth University 

BA hons Design: Illustration


Man vs Big Data, Man vs Mind – Aurum Press, U.K. 2017

La Mia Grande Famiglia – Topipittori, Italy, 2017

Man vs Maths, Man vs Money – Aurum Press, U.K. 2016

This Is… Un Libro in Quattro Lingue – Topipittori, Italy, 2015

Awards & Exhibitions

Illustrarte, Shortlist, This Is… Un Libro in Quattro Lingue, 2018

Premio Malerba per l’Albo Illustrato, Special Mention, La Mia Grande Famiglia, 2018

MIGRATIONS Exhibition, International Centre for the Picture Book in Society, Biennale of Illustration in Bratislava, Bratislava, 2017

D&AD Awards, Graphite Pencil winner, Sirene Magazine (Illustrator), 2016

The Leviathan (Curator), Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth, 2012

V&A Illustration Awards, Nominee, 2012

AOI Images 36 Exhibition, Somerset House, London, 2012

Selected Clients

Topipittori, Milan

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Sailors Grave Brewing, VIC Australia

Tate Modern, London

Sirene Magazine, Milan

4th Estate, London

Okido Magazine, London

Aurum Press, London

Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth

Plymouth City Museum, Plymouth