who is Timothy Banks?

“There is a timeless quality to Banks’s work. His illustrations create a bridge between past and present.”
Polly Gaillard, TOWN Magazine

I work with great clients like TOWN magazine, Paste, Nike, Egmont, Faber & Faber, and Nickelodeon – and my work is proudly represented by Shannon Associates, NYC.

I've been recognized by Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Spectrum 21, 3×3 Magazine, Creative Quarterly, PLAY! Illustration and Showcase 100 to name a few. Plus! I've illustrated dozens of children’s books, like the Wizard of Oz story for younger readers, and most recently A Valentine For Frankenstein (due Fall 2018) for Lerner.

You can find me and my studio in Charleston, SC, USA. Locally, I've created the poster for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival here in Charleston, one of the largest, comprehensive arts festivals in the US. And in 2017, I illustrated and designed the poster for YALLFest, the world's largest Young Adult literary festival. Last, but not least, I created the official poster for the Charleston Farmers Market last year.

When I'm not creating something, you can find me and my beautiful wife, also an amazing artist, three wonderful daughters, and one crazy pug, playing in our backyard, and watching alligators swim by our house.


The Awards

  • 3x3 Picture Book Show Merit Winner

    2018 for Monsters In Charleston book

  • AIGA SC Judge's Award

    Monsters In Charleston book awarded best in show

  • Spark! Award 2016, 2018 and 2019 Winner

    Awarded for best illustration, Paste Magazine’s The Failure Issue Cover (2016), YALLfest (2018) and Festival Napa (2019). Best Fundraising Campaign, Save Crab Bank (2019).

  • Spectrum 21

    Selected for annual book and show, “Eukaria“

  • 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide

    Work selected to appear in this volume by Luezer’s Archive

  • Showcase 100 London

    Selected for show, “Eukaria”

  • Play Illustration International Competion

    Gold Medal in Toy Design for piece, “Apathetic Birds“

  • 3×3 Children’s Book Art Competition

    Bronze Medal for piece, “Pumpkin Drive“

  • Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Illustration West 50, 51, 52 & 53

    Merit Award for piece, “Fish Bone Harbor“,
    Merit Award for piece, “Precious Pirate“,
    Merit Award for piece, “Malpractice Monster”
    and Merit Award for piece, “The Voyager”

  • Creative Quarterly 36 Winner

    “Spring Forward”

  • Creative Quarterly Runner Up 19, 29, 31, 32 , 33 & 41

    Issue 19, “Marlene“,
    Issue 29, “Precious Pirate“,
    Issue 31, “The Explorer“,
    Issue 32,
    and Issue 33, “Arlene”
    and Issue 41, “Mother Emanuel”

  • Artavita Art Contest

    Honorable Mention for, “Helen“

  • CMYK Magazine

    Winner for piece, “Dr. Hickery Dickery”


The Clients

Paste Magazine





College of Charleston

Medical University of South Carolina

Low Tide Brewing

Full Sail University

Faber & Faber



Adult Swim

Whitecap Books

TOWN Magazine


Cambridge University Press



August House

Lerner Books

Carolrhoda Books

Sleeping Bear Press

Cartoon Network



Greenville Journal


The Rest


TOWN Magazine Feature.  Check out the article here.

Charleston magazine featured artist, Fall 2016.  Check out the article here.

Charleston City Paper article in 2016 about my covers for Paste magazine.  Check out the article here.

Feature about my work in Charleston's Art Mag.  Check out the article here.

Timeout Interview with Dribbble.com.  Check out the article here.

Illustration Friday mention and picture showcase.  Check out the article here.

Charleston City Paper article in 2012 about my life in Charleston and work in Paste, etc.  Check out the article here.

Featured Artist in Post and Courier's Charleston Scene.  Check out the article here.

John T. Edge spot illustration for TOWN Magazine, 2018.
Official image for Festival Napa Valley 2018.


Savannah College of Art & Design Alumni Show Fall 2016, Savannah, GA
Honored to have my recent published work featured with other outstanding alumni.

Showcase 100, The Framer’s Gallery, London, UK
Work apart of comprehensive illustration show.

Judge, Dogwood Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
Selection committee member for the largest arts festival in the Southeast.

Gallery Nucleus, LA
Monster Mouth, a piece commissioned by and created for the Terrible Yellow Eye’s blog, was exhibited along with other artists at Gallery Nucleus in L.A. This collaboration recreated images after Maurice Sendak’s iconic Where the Wild Things Are.

Savannah College of Art and Design’s Permanent Collection, Hong Kong
Select images of my illustrated children’s book The Top Secret Files of Mother Goose are currently on display at Savannah College of Art & Design’s Hong Kong campus.

Savannah Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Featured in the Art of the Book exhibition at Savannah Gallery in Atlanta, along with New York-based illustrator Brad Holland and the last, renowned artist Benny Andrews.

North Charleston Arts Festival, Special Exhibition, North Charleston, SC
Selected artist to appear in the Outside the Lines illustration exhibition for the North Charleston Arts Festival.

Greenway Studios, Charleston, SC
Select pieces of Timothy’s work including the Bird Chronicles and Portrait series were on display in the collaborative show feature Lowcountry illustrators.