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Joseph Witchall
Joseph Witchall

All About Joseph Witchall

Joseph is an Illustrator and Artist, based in green and rainy Devon. Credited in over 12 published books and comics. He has worked many years in the creative industries as an exhibiting artist, book illustrator, graphic designer and animator, whose CV nowadays looks more like the yellow pages!

Now, when he is not illustrating books, he teaches the skills and crafts that he has learnt over the years in primary school, secondary school and further education. Joseph has a passion for his subject and injects masses of enthusiasm into his teaching with a very hands-on approach to creating art and design, aimed at encouraging students to explore new skills, build confidence and get creative. Many of Joseph’s previous workshops have taken place in primary school, secondary schools and festivals and events, and range from illustration workshops, story illustration, caricature/cartoon drawing and puppet making and animation.


Joseph structures his workshops to fit any requirements the school or party may have, taking into account relevant curriculum areas, embedding Maths, English, ICT and Equality and Diversity. Joseph will happily tailor his workshops to account for a wide range of age groups and ability.

Joseph can often provides equipment needed for his workshops such as materials, computer software. His animation workshops can cover a wide variety of animation techniques such as Stop-motion, Cutout and Hand drawn and will be lead through the whole animation process and receive a fully finished DVD show reel of the student’s animations at the end of the workshop sessions.

Joseph has taught workshops to children aged 4+, and class sizes of up to 30 students. Workshops usually start with an assembly style presentation, followed by splitting the group in to teams for the practical workshop tasks.

Workshops can be tailored to suite your needs, they can be run over as many day as required.


Examples of workshops that Joseph runs include:

Illustration and comic book workshops – Where students will learn how to tell stories through art and illustration, designing characters, learning drawing techniques. Students get the opportunity to create illustrations or comic books based on their own stories or the favourite books. These workshops can full or half day workshops. Joseph has many years of experience in illustration, creating book cover designs and book illustration for many published authors, Joseph has had his own comics published and has produced illustrations and art for companies such as English Heritage and Bath Revival of the Arts.

Animation workshops students will learn the basic principle of animation, and see how the cartoon and films that they know and love are created. They can learn 2-D and 3-D techniques, experimenting with drawing and paper cutouts, puppet making and clay modelling. They will be taken through the entire animation process from designing, story-boarding, production, set making and filming.

Caricature/ Cartoon drawing – In these workshops students will be taught how to create fun caricatures and cartoons of themselves and friends. All go away with their own caricature done by Joseph live in the session.

Puppet making – students will get the opportunity to design and make their own marionette puppets with the work shop, using a wide variety of recycled materials. Full day session conclude with a short puppet show put on by the students and Joseph.

Examples of Joseph’s Work





Examples of work Joseph has created with students

Below are examples of work Joseph created with students from ISL Qatar and a few from Orimston Bolingbroke Academy, near Manchester. These are the result of a group character design exercise. Students take it in turns to describe a feature for a new character which Joseph then sketches and inks onto the board for them to see their creation illustrated.

Testament to Joseph’s artistic skills and students imaginations!


Joseph waiting to take instructions from the pupils.



To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Joseph, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at

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