Ben Rothery is a detail-obsessed illustrator from Norwich, via Cape Town. He combines multiple processes to create intricate and delicate illustrations and repeating patterns, full of fine detail and vibrant colour.
Much of Ben’s work is inspired or informed by his love of nature – he grew up wanting variously to be a shark, dinosaur or David Attenborough crossed with Indiana Jones, but settled upon illustration as a compromise that allowed him to bring those fantasies to life on paper.
In 2021 he won the prestigious Silver Pencil Award for Hidden Planet, and his work is published throughout the world. Ben works from a small but perfectly formed studio in London, which he shares with an unnecessarily large collection of very sharp pencils.
Books in order of publication:
Hidden Planet: An Illustrator’s Love Letter to Planet Earth – 2019
Sensational Butterflies – 2019
Water World – 2021
Ben Rothery’s Deadly and Dangerous Animals – 2022