Jessie Eckel was born in London, but grew up in a little village near to Nottingham. She completed an art foundation course in Nottingham and won the Ida Berry Young Artist of the Year Award at the end of the course, before moving to London to take a First Class degree in Illustration. Her degree course was so successful that she received immediate commissions from prestigious organisations like Greenpeace, Habitat and Wagamama. She now works full time as an illustrator, producing artwork for stationery items homewares and publishing. She is the illustrator of Doodle Dolls and has illustrated a series of colouring books for Buster. She creates her artwork by hand, sometimes subsequently colouring and manipulating it on the computer. Away from her studio, she practises yoga and likes to bake cakes!