Karenanne Knight

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Illustration for Young Audiences
Picture Book Illustration
Illustration for Book Covers and Chapter Books
Editorial Illustration
Colour Theory
Illustration and Publishing
Cartography: Illustrating the landscape

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Personal profile


Dr. Karenanne Knight (Academic, Author, Illustrator and Maker of Books)is the author of The Picture Book Maker: The Art of the Picture Book Writer and Illustrator, published by Trentham Books/IOE Press in 2014 and contributor to A Companion to Illustration,Pub: Wiley Blackwell USA 2019; The Symbiotic Dilemma of the Children’s Picture Book Maker in a Polymathic World:The Theory, Character and Making of Imagery; Principals of Applied Communication: Text – Image Symbiosis. Her specialist field is Children’s Picture Books where Cartography, the Creative Process, the Illustrator as Polymath and Typography form part of her many interests.

Karenanne authors and illustrates picture books for children and regularly writes papers for academic journals as far afield as Australia, Portugal and her home country of the UK. Karenanne is often invited to speak and present her work at various conferences on a national and international scale. She divides her time between her academic work at Portsmouth University; writing reviews for various platforms and publishers; writing, Illustrating and designing children’s, adult and academic books; design and logo/branding work for festivals, commercial and corporate clients, and completing illustration commissions, residences and collaborations with clientele such as the British Army; Truro Cathedral; The Royal Ballet; Great Western Railways; The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve at the Houses of Parliament and Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue. She exhibits her work nationally and has pieces in collections worldwide. Karenanne sits on the UK committee of IBBY (The International Board on Books for Young People) where she works tirelessly in her passionate belief  to bring children and books together throughout the world.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Winchester

17 Oct 200512 Jun 2009

Award Date: 8 Sep 2009

PG Cert, University of Winchester

17 Oct 20058 Dec 2006

Award Date: 16 Mar 2007

MA, University of Winchester

20 Sep 200423 Jun 2005

Award Date: 13 Sep 2005

BA (Hons), University of Leeds

17 Sep 198417 Jun 1988

Award Date: 15 Jul 1988

External positions

Lecturer, Falmouth University


Lecturer, Central Saint Martins


Lecturer, University of Winchester



  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Publishing, Young Audiences, Book Covers, Digital Books, Editorial


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