Lionel wanted to be an illustrator as soon as he knew how to say it, but only recently started building a practice, life having taken him in different directions.


He completed degrees in Physics, Philosophy of Science, German and Spanish, and a career in IT, and continued with his art education, most recently with Diplomas in Children’s Book Illustration and Digital Illustration at London Art College, receiving a Distinction for both.


During a childhood spent moving around the world including Egypt, Tanzania, Greece, Germany and Canada, he found picture books and drawing helped to understand and make sense of it all.


He loves expressing feelings and ideas in a joyful and quirky way, but also with a healthy sprinkling of the absurd and dark.