Representing children's book illustrators since 1990
Founder Paul Beebee left College at Redruth, Cornwall in 1986 with an HND in Technical Illustration. All fired up after gaining a place at Blue Chip Illustration in Malmesbury, Wiltshire he immediately became immersed in the hectic existence as in-house freelance general illustrator, part of the very busy team working for mostly advertising agencies and design companies in the area illustrating anything from power stations to jars of pills. After breaking away and moving to Cirencester in 1989 he started Beehive Illustration, an agency representing fellow colleagues and illustrator friends, from the garden shed.
Skip forward nearly 30 years, Beehive is now a team of 8 with over 150 top-class illustrators on the books based all over the world. They have been creating the artwork for thousands of children's books and are very proud of their hard-earned reputation delivering great service, gentle understanding, and an uncompromising objective to deliver exactly what their customers have come to expect: beautiful illustrations on time, all the time.
I started Beehive after a frantic few years as a freelance illustrator and have seen the Agency steadily grow and establish over the years. I couldn't be more proud of the team we have now and of course all the amazing illustrators we represent. The feedback from clients is testament to the hard work everyone continues to put in ensuring Beehive stays a-buzz and a pleasure to be part of. I'm always inspired by the beautiful artwork which passes across my screen and excited how much un-tapped talent we have at Beehive.
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I've been at the Hive since 2006, and since then I've gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of illustration, from initial briefing through to managing large projects. I'm the first point of contact for all new enquiries and I look through thousands of briefs a year, so I'm perfectly placed to match you up with with right illustrator for your project. Before joining the team I gained a degree in Photography and Digital Imaging - so I know my way around Photoshop!
I live with my partner, daughter, and little dog, and we all enjoy getting out and exploring the local area. I also try to keep up my passion for photography in my spare time!
I joined the Hive in 2002, following my Illustration degree at Plymouth. Through the years I've worked in many different roles, and as a result I've gained a huge amount of experience in all areas of the illustration industry. My role now as Office Manager involves overseeing the day-to-day running of Beehive, including handling all illustrator submissions and managing our social media channels.
Outside of the office, I love taking part in anything sporty, as well as hanging out with my husband and three young children! Having kids means I always have a good insight into the current illustration trends.
I joined Beehive in 2012 after graduating with a degree in English Literature - and a brief spell running away with the circus! Here at the Hive, it's my job to make sure live projects are running smoothly and deadlines are met. I love everything art related, and it's a real treat to get see all the fabulous work our illustrators are producing. I'm always inspired!
Outside of work, I love nature-spotting around the Cotswolds, travelling anywhere that has a mountain to climb up, and wreaking baking havoc in the kitchen.
I joined Beehive in 2014 first as an apprentice, and since then I've taken on lots of different roles in the office: organising illustrator contracts and artwork, updating our Instagram account, managing Honey Points, and making sure everything gets to the post office on time! I love my job and working as part of a close-knit team.
In my spare time, I enjoy taking holidays to sunnier climes and swimming - or even better, combining the two!
I'm Louise, and I look after all of Beehive's financial affairs. I'm in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays - please do let me know if I can help with any queries relating to finance.
Outside of the office, I love spending as much time as possible outdoors, mostly riding my horse and looking after my two manic boxer dogs!
Office & Marketing Assistant
Hi, I'm Katie! I've done a few stints at the Hive over the years, and I'm back now to focus on the marketing side of things. I completed a degree in Media & Cultural Studies, followed by a Masters in Design for Advertising, and I'm putting those skills to work to promote all of our fantastic artists.