About

Hello! I am Momoko. I am a Japanese-born, London-based, self-taught illustrator. I absolutely adore children’s books and I am currently developing my own picture books.

I am represented by Eunice McMullen.

I am also a member of The Association Of Illustrators since 2016.

MY STORY SO FAR…

Born and bred in Japan, I grew up in a house made of book shelves (my grandpa was a poet, my dad was a writer and my mum was a school teacher), where I was allowed to doodle on the walls (or I thought I was). As a child, I drew all the time – on notebooks, furniture, walls and even back of exam papers! As a grownup, I am pretty much the same although I don’t draw on furniture that much any more.

My interest in visual storytelling brought me to UK to study filmmaking when I was 20. I still work in a post-production company. However, one day I decided to pursue my true passion for children’s book illustration. Since then, I attended workshops and short evening courses and read books to learn how to make picture books.

I like dynamic compositions and beautiful colour combinations, and animals and food are my favourite subjects to draw. I enjoy using both traditional media such as gouache paints and colour pencils as well as a computer.

London is now my second home. I enjoy living here with my baking-mad cat Clementine. We have a blog called The Cat’s Whisk where we share our recipes and stories of Clementine’s baking adventures.

And here I am. This is my story. (I did classic ballet for 20 years and I have applied for the Great British Bake Off but these are stories for another time.)

Momoko Abe Illustrator

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