Tom Zaino

I am a cartoonist and illustrator from London. My work is inspired by the everyday and the surreal.

Since studying English Literature at university, I’ve worked as a primary school teacher and a bookseller, and taught English in Japan. Throughout this time, I’ve been drawing in sketchbooks and making minicomics. I’m particularly interested in adapting and reworking folktales and fables and using humour to explore how we communicate with one another.

The MA has encouraged me to find ways of incorporating my love of observational drawing into my stories. I’ve really enjoyed learning about pacing and humour in picturebooks, and it’s been thrilling to be part of such a brilliant group of illustrators.