Melissa Castrillón is a freelance illustrator and designer with a particular passion for print, pattern and punchy colour combos. She attended the Cambridge School of Art and gained a First class Honours Degree in Illustration in 2009 and a Masters degree in Children's book Illustration in 2014.
Melissa lives in Cambridge, England with Her husband Luke and their cat Chimi. She works with international clients on a range of projects, from Picture books to Home decor, Book covers to editorial.

Melissa is represented in the UK and the US by Pickled Ink Agency.

Over the last three years Melissa Has illustrated 4 picture books for UK and international Publishers (all books are listed below). And in 2019 Melissa's First two authored & illustrated picture books will be out in the world.
For more perusing don't hesitate to visit her BLOG and her SHOP were she sells her screen prints & ceramics.


Simon & Schuster US & UK
Penguin Random House
Templar - Big Picture Press
Faber & Faber
Scholastic - Alison Green Books
Groundwood Books
Chicken House Books
Studio Anorak
The National Trust
Jamie Oliver Magazine
The Koestler Trust
Sailors Grave Brewing


IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM - Written by Nina Laden, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon. Simon & Schuster US, 7th Feb 2017.
CHE BELLO! - Written by Antonella Capetti, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon, Topipittori, 15th Feb 2017.
ANIMAZES - Written by Katie Haworth, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon, Big Picture Press, 10th August 2017.
YELLOW KAYAK -Written by Nina Laden, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon, Simon & Schuster US, Jan 2018.
MIGHTY MIN - Written and illustrated by Melissa Castrillon, Alison Green book/Scholastic, May 2019.
(CURRENTLY UNTITLED) Written and illustrated by Melissa Castrillon, Simon & Schuster US, Summer 2019.


May 2009. CSA Degree show, Cambridge
June 2009. New Designers, Islington, London
Oct 2009. Cheltenham Illustration Awards, Gloucestershire
Dec 2009. Frinton press exhibition, NO I.D Gallery, Shoreditch, London
April 2010. Solo show, The Arts picture house, Cambridge
Oct 2011. Cheltenham Illustration Awards, Gloucestershire
Jan 2012. Solo show, The Arts picture house, Cambridge
Mar 2012. Searle Award for creativity, Ruskin gallery, Cambridge
Aug 2012. OUTLINES solo show, The Front room, Cambridge
Nov 2012. Tornado:::Digital Zero Artshow, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Mar 2013. Collective stall @Bologna Children's book Fair, Bologna, Italy
June 2013. Solo show, Changing spaces, Cambridge
Oct 2013, group show, mumford theatre, Cambridge
Dec 2013 groups show, O! Galeria, Porto, Portugal
Feb 2014, MA Degree show, Candid Gallery, Angel, London
Mar 2014, MA Degree show, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
Mar 2014, Collective stall @ Bologna Children's book fair, Bologna, Italy
June 2014, Collective stall @ ELCAF, East London comics & arts festival
July 2014, Solo exhibItion, Ó! Galeria, Porto, Portugal
Aug 2014, Solo exhibition, Arts picture house, Cambridge
Nov 2014, Collective stall @ Thought bubble, Leeds, UK
Dec 2014, Collective stall @ HIFEST, Hastings illustration festival
Jan 2015, Double Take: Koestler Awards exhibition, Birmingham Mac
May 2015, Collective stall @ TCAF, Toronto Comics & Arts festival, Canada
May 2015, Group Show 'Pushing the envelope' exhibition, The House of Illustration, London
June 2015, Collective stall @ ELCAF, The East London Comics & Arts Festival
Oct 2015, AOI World illustration awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London
Dec 2015, Collective stall @ HIFEST, Hastings Illustration Festival
June 2016, Collective stall @ ELACAF, The East London Comics & Arts Festival
June 2017, Solo exhibition @ The Jam factory, Oxford, UK.
June 2017, Collective stall @ ELCAF, The East London Comics & Arts Festival


Shortlisted, Academy of British Cover Design, Young Adult Fiction cover 2018.
Shortlisted, Academy of British Cover Design, Children's 6-12yrs cover 2018.
Shortlisted, AOI World Illustration Awards 2015
Shortlisted, Searle Award for creativity 2012
Highly commended, Cheltenham illustration awards 2011
Highly commended, Cheltenham illustration awards 2009


llustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, by Alan Male, Bloomsbury, 2016.
DPI Magazine (Taiwan) Art quarter, issue 11
Uppercase magazine (canada) issue 17
Oh comely magazine (uk) issue 12
Illust magazine (Korea) issue 160
Loaf magazine (uk) issue 1 & 2
Cambridge edition magazine (uk) July 2013 issue
Creative review (exhibition review)
Illustrators Lounge
No culture icons
Inky Goodness

Ó Galeria!, Porto, Portugal.
Wow & Flutter, Hastings, UK.
No Guts No Glory, Exeter, UK.
Edinburgh Print Makers, Scotland, UK.
The Old School Gallery, Northumberland, UK.

© Melissa Castrillon 2012