Leighton Noyes Illustration

Who's Leighton? What's he all about?*

Leighton Noyes was born in the shade of the foothills of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the latter part of the 20th Century. He was raised by the Order of the Shadow Wolves of Kronotsky who versed him in the ways of the ancient art of Lei-Kan Draw.

At the age of 9, with only half his training complete, he was banished from the Order over a fatal Quink spillage that he claimed wasn't his fault (although it probably was).

Leighton Noyes, a man barely talented. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.

Forced to live a life of derring-do in the wilds of the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench, he continued his illustration development under the auspicious eye of Master Augustus de la Bon Bon. Under his tutorship, Leighton became an 8th Dan in advanced colouring-in.

When Augustus de la Bon Bon died in a mysterious Quink spillage, Leighton was forced to move from the volcanic belt of Kamchatka to the beautiful drizzle of England where he studied illustration at (KIAD) Maidstone. It was here that he gained the reputation of being a bit of a loose cannon who danced to his own tune.

He left Maidstone to do a BA(Hons) Degree at Camberwell College of Art. It was here that he gained the reputation of being a bit of a lone wolf who lived on the edge.

He Left Camberwell to do a book illustration course at Chelsea College of Art. It was here that he gained the reputation of being a bit of a Billy no-mates. Leighton had fallen off the edge he was living on and found it tricksy following society's mundane conventions.

But maybe Leighton didn't need any mates anyway? Maybe he was too busy having high jinx capers in far off places? Or is it it possible his devotion to his art lead to an inner turmoil that manifested itself in external conflict or something, inadvertently repelling those he felt closest to? Or is it more likely he just spent too long locked away in his little room drawing and the world passed him by?

Now fully trained and a Master himself, Leighton began to fulfil his destiny as a children's book illustrator and has illustrated over 70 books since 2000 and he ain't finished yet.

He still maintains his innocence over the Quink spillage (even though he probably shouldn't).

He still visits his old Master Augustus de la Bon Bon's grave in annual pilgrimages to Kamchatka.

He's still a Billy no-mates.

Leighton Noyes, a better illustrator than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

*some of the names, places, events and dates have been changed to protect the innocent.