Orange Beak Studio was founded in 2017 from a desire to work closely with illustrators and authors,

to share knowledge and offer insight and encouragement for creatives.


The co-founders of Orange Beak Studio are: 

Maisie Paradise Shearring an award-winning internationally published illustrator

Ness Wood an award-winning designer and art director

Orange Beak Studio Associate:

Alice Corrie is a freelance children's book editor working on picture books, fiction and non-fiction.  


 The Orange Beak Studio tutors have varied but complimentary skills. Maisie, Ness and Alice are all practising specialists in their fields of illustration, design and editorial respectively. In addition to this, both Maisie and Ness have teaching experience at post-graduate level.


  We offer: 

one-to-one illustration tutorials

one-to-one design tutorials

one-to-one editorial tutorials

contract, fees and signing advice  

portfolio feedback

varied workshops

creative retreat

We work with clients at all stages of their development, from those who are brand new to it all, to illustrators and authors early in their career, to graduates and more established illustrators and authors. 


Our ethos is to support and enable creatively ambitious clients to move forward with their goals.

We give people time, honest and constructive feedback, and guidance.

"Having been stuck in a creative rut for a while, I was struggling to feel excited by my work and I would often find myself pulled in many different directions. Orange Beak took me right back to basics to help me discover who I am as an illustrator. Their advice and support gave me the confidence to draw from the heart and now I am creating pieces that I feel truly proud of. I can’t thank them enough!"

The Orange Beak Team

Maisie paradise shearring


Maisie Paradise Shearring is an international award-winning and published author-illustrator. In 2015, Maisie received the prestigious Bologna International Illustrators Award in recognition for her graphic novel, Susan's School Days. Her first picture book, The Happy Prince, was nominated for the 2017 Bratislava Biennial of Illustration. Maisie's picture books include, I'm Actually Really Grown-Up Now and Anna & Otis, both published by Two Hoots. Maisie has also recently illustrated, The Boy Who Loved Everyone, a picture book story written by Jane Porter and published by Walker Books. This book was shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award. Maisie lectures on the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. 

"Not only is Maisie the most phenomenally talented illustrator and author, she's also truly fantastic to work with. In addition to her calm, clear-thinking approach to creativity she has an open-mindedness and a gift for empathy that make collaborating with her an immensely productive and hugely enjoyable experience."

Nick Sharratt, Author & Illustrator

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Ness Wood is an award-winning book designer and art director and she has worked for many major publishers. She teaches publishing at the University of Central Lancashire and has taught on the Illustration MA course at Goldsmiths, the University of London and Design History at the University of Brighton. Her wide-ranging accomplishments in practical design and as a published author with qualifications in design history serve as a solid foundation for all her work. She is known for her encouraging, straightforward and collaborative approach with illustrators and students. Ness has also been a judge for the Bologna Ragazzi Award. In 2018, Ness Wood was part of the winning team at the British Design and Production Awards, in the Graphic Novel Category.

"Ness Wood is one of the most talented and creative designers I have ever worked with. Her contribution to my Alfie books in particular has been invaluable. Her suggestions are never obtrusive, but her aesthetic grasp on the way a picture book works, and how it impacts on the very young reader, is impeccable" 

Shirley Hughes, Author & Illustrator

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Alice Corrie is an editor, specialising in picture books and heavily-illustrated fiction, with eighteen years' experience. She has worked with many amazing and creative people and learned a broad range of skills from nurturing writing and illustration talent right through to contract negotiation and publishing strategy. She began her career at Random House Children's Books (now Penguin Random House) and since 2010 has been a freelance editor, writer and project manager, working with many clients, including David Fickling Books, Egmont, Templar and Ivy Kids as well as private clients. 

"I have worked with Alice Corrie now on two books. Two of the best I’ve ever done. She has, in my view, a unique insight, knowledge and understanding of how to make a story into a great book, a sensitive editor, a keen eye for detail, with a real feel for illustration and design. She’s a person I very soon realised I could rely on. A true publisher and a great collaborator." 

Michael Morpurgo, Author 

tony lee


Tony Lee is an experienced administrator having worked extensively in the academic and arts sectors. He spent over ten years with the University of Manchester as a programme administrator in various faculties, including Humanities, Health and Engineering. He previously worked in the arts industry, managing box offices in both the subsidised and commercial sectors, including London’s West End. For the last ten years he has been independently researching the history of the television programme, This Is Your Life.

"Tony has organised us in a way we never thought possible!

He is brilliant to work with, dedicated to helping Orange Beak and our clients. Tony is calm, reassuring, confident and extremely competent.

The king of spreadsheets!

Maisie, Ness & Alice, Orange Beak Studio

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