Allan Drummond

Senior Lecturer, Illustration

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Children's Book Illustration

Allan Drummond’s award winning children's books are published by Farrar Straus and Giroux, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin books, and Orchard Books. Allan created the mural and floor designs in Holborn underground station, and was one of the artists chosen to illustrate the Royal Mail’s Millennium year postage stamps.


Before joining the staff at Cambridge School of Art, Allan was Chair of Illustration at SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has been a visiting lecturer at a large number universities, art schools and libraries in the UK and the USA.

As an illustrator, writer and designer Allan’s client list includes The Royal Mail, London Underground, The New Yorker magazine, Time Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and many corporate and advertising clients.

Allan trained as reporter and sub-editor on the East Anglian Daily Times before studying graphic design at the London College of Printing, where his final year tutor was the great poster designer Tom Eckersley. He studied illustration at the Royal College of when where his tutors were Quentin Blake and the printmaker Sheila Robinson.

Research interests

  • The intersection and interaction of words and pictures in print and digital media.
  • Exploring facts and historical events through the medium of children’s picture books. 


  • Illustration Practice 1
  • Understanding Images


  • MA (Royal College of Art) Illustration
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design, London College of Printing
  • Diploma, National Council for the Training of Journalists

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Association of Illustrators
  • New York Society of Illustrators
  • Advisory Board (illustration) Saturday Evening Post (2005 – 2008)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Founding sponsor of Varoom magazine UK (the international research publication for illustration)
  • Judge - Association of Illustrators Annual 2003
  • Judge - USA 3x3 illustration awards 2011
  • Judge – Venice Teatrio Children’s Book Illustration Competition 2012

Selected recent publications

Drummond, A., (2011). Energy Island. Written and illustrated by Allan Drummond, Farrar Straus and Giroux. New York. Translations in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish ISBN 978125005676.

Ovenden, M., (2013). London Underground by Design. Featuring Holborn murals by Allan Drummond). Penguin Books. London. ISBN 10: 1846144175.

Drummond, A., (2016). Green City. Written and Illustrated by Allan Drummond, Farrar Straus and Giroux New York ISBN 0374379998.

Recent presentations and conferences

The Wartime Escape: The work of the Creators of Curious George, Hans and Margret Rey. Houston Holocaust Museum, TX. 8 November 2013.