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Welcome to the world of Alison Lingley


I was born in Derbyshire and am told I drew on any flat surface – appropriate or not – from the moment I could wield a pencil.

At school I started a comic called “Gerbil Weekly” Yes, honestly, I still have a few copies to prove it ! It featured a cast of gerbil characters and mainly poked fun at the school and staff.​


I also worked in kennels and dog walked for neighbours.  A bit unconventional for a cartoonist / illustrator but I think it helped – I understand too well what it feels like to take a jump without the horse (my speciality). I also know that chihuahuas do not think they are small, but plenty of labradors think they’re lap dogs.


My career as an illustrator happened gradually. I drew cartoons on the spot at dog shows, which led to commissions and eventually launching Alison’s Animals in 2004 with a tiny range of 12 card designs !

I am now very lucky to live and work in the countryside, surrounded by my four legged sources of inspiration.  


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They don’t teach these essentials at art school.

This venture taught me the terror of looming deadlines and the peril of satire getting into the wrong hands … Despite all the drawing, I just wanted to work with animals. I  spent a lot of my early teens working in stables, mucking out, riding and falling off ponies.

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