Holly is a white woman with long brown hair, wearing a purple top. She is tilting her head to the side and looking at the camera. Who is this?

Witchcrafty Illustration is the not-so-secret identity of Holly Stroud, a freelance illustrator and children’s book maker from Dorset, UK. She owns eight berets (all different colours), and one enormous cat (orange).

“When I’m not drawing or writing, you can find me reading detective fiction, baking a delicious cardamom bun, going to a local arts festival or singing opera with my choir.” 

Holly has studied at Arts University Bournemouth and University of the Arts London (Chelsea College of Art), and in Autumn 2021 she will take up a place on the world-famous MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. 

“I also have a degree in Psychology. Sadly this does not mean I have psychic powers. Always read the prospectus carefully, future students!”

For more frequent and coherent updates, follow Holly on Instagram: @witchcrafty_illustration