"I never imagined I'd be an illustrator, but I love this job," Flavia Z Drago shares how she got into creating picture books

image of three picture books by Flavia Z Drago next to each other
(Image credit: Flavia Z. Drago)

Mexican-born illustrator Flavia Z Drago has been named this year's lllustrator of the Fair at the London Book Fair (taking place 12-14 March). As the title suggests, Flavia has been very successful in the world of illustration, and has published a series of books based around monsters, including Gustavo, The Shy Ghost, Leila, The Perfect Witch and Vlad, The Fabulous Vampire

I caught up with her recently to discover how she went from child sketching drawings to MA student to finally getting a book deal. We also chat about inclusivity in illustration, as well as how her native Mexico has influenced her work.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.