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Hello! I’m Louise Forshaw aka Munkey Pants!


I'm an illustrator (and sometimes author) living in a small town in the North East just outside Newcastle.

I work from home in my small studio being supervised by 3 noisy, mischievous office assistants. Who are a constant source of inspiration!


As a child I spent my time watching cartoons, creating my own characters, watching more cartoons and drawing comics to give to my favourite teachers.


I graduated in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Animation from Newcastle College. After graduating, I spent a lot of time doing placements at various design companies and volunteering at a local Gallery. This gave me the opportunity to showcase my work and work alongside other artists such as Simon Donald, co-founder of the British comic magazine Viz.


I signed with Advocate Art in 2012 and have spent most of my time drawing my favourite things and working with

lots of lovely publishers!

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- Igloo Books

- Simon & Schuster

- Collins

- Rising Stars

- Scholastic USA

- AZ Books

- Ali Ink

- Cardinal Industries

- Centum Books

- Ciranda Cultural

- Maverick Children's Books

- Jimmy Patterson Books

- Auzou

- Pat-a-Cake


- Arcturus Publishing

- EdVenture Books

- Campbell Books

- Miles Kelly

- Ladybird

- Imagine That

- Franklin Watts


- Chum Education

- Floris Books

- Highlights Magazine

- Tiny Tree Books

- Peaceable Kingdom (Mindware)

- BookWorks LLC