London, United Kingdom

Jess Bolam

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Digital Art


Jess is a children's book illustrator and animation artist living in Buckinghamshire. She particularly enjoys illustrating kids with big personalities, animals and nature, combining digital and traditional media and exploring bright colour palettes. After getting her BA in Animation Production at Arts University Bournemouth in 2018, she began freelancing as an animation background artist, and later, an illustrator. Jess went on to complete a Masters degree in Illustration at Falmouth University, and now specialises in children's book illustration. Currently, Jess primarily works with educational companies and self-publishing authors to illustrate children's books and resources.

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Experience in Schools

I have worked in schools on a number of occasions on an art basis. After voluntarily assisting art classes during my time in sixth form, I went on to work as a Saturday School Art assistant at Arts University Bournemouth for a year while completing my studies - this is involved assisting in an animation class at weekends aimed at 11-16 year olds in the area. I have since provided workshops in schools and colleges using my books as a focus, working with both primary and secondary school children. Alongside this, I am a trained dance teacher and having been teaching numerous dance styles both within the school I worked at (and ran from 2021-2023, and PE lessons/after school sessions in various primary schools across Milton Keynes for the past 10 years.

Areas I Cover

South East
West Midlands

Max Group Size

30 students


  • BA(Hons) Animation Production - Arts University Bournemouth (First Class)
  • MA in Illustration - Falmouth University (Merit)
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Invisible:Visible' exhibition in Milton Keynes Gallery Project Space (2021). Now permanently installed in Cornerstone Arts Centre after an exhibition in the Study Space there.
  • 'Liam's First Adventure' exhibition at Cornerstone Arts Centre (March-April 2024).
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