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Introducing Natalie Smillie to the Arena family.

We are pleased to welcome our newest Arena illustrator Natalie Smillie to the Arena family.

Natalie lives and works in picturesque Devon, where she lives with her husband, son and beloved dog Maggie. Natalie is a newly established illustrator specialising in children's publishing. She has already worked for a number of high-profile clients including Hachette, Oxford University Press and Penguin and we are so excited to be working with her at the start of her career.

We spent some time getting to know Natalie’s influences, work process, dream projects, ProCreate tips and more, Including that she had formally wanted to be in the a police but was scuppered by her diminutive stature, how the stunning coastal environment in which she lives influences her work and her adoration for the works of author Phillip Pullman.  You can read the full feature interview on our fabulous new website HERE

Natalie is on Instagram and Twitter but in the meantime please take a moment to view her fabulous online portfolio on our brand-new website HERE.

Natalie is represented by Arena Illustration, for more information regarding working with Natalie please email

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