Jon drew from an early age (mainly self penned comics) and his formative influences were heavily influenced by French and Belgium bandes dessinee, due to his parents moving to France. TinTin, Gaston Lagaffe, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Spirou and Fantasio are just a few of the books Jon regularly added to his growing collection. Franquin being one of his main inspirations at the time along with Quentin Blake in the UK.
In 1983 Jon Higham graduated from Norwich School of Art (BA hons in Graphic Design) and moved to London where he shared a studio for six years in the heart of Covent Garden. He had a break early on in his career when he was asked to illustrate Jeremy Nicholas's 'Rasberries and Other Trifles' for Hutchinson, a pastice of Hilaire Belloc's 'Cautionary Tales'. He quickly follwed this up in 1986 with an Edward Lear picture book called 'The Old Man and the Edible Suit' published by Macmillan and then in the following year his first self penned picture book 'Aardvark's Picnic'.
Since then Jon has illustrated numerous childrens books, packaging, greetings cards and a wealth of varied commissions as well as being a regular illustrator for BBC childrens magazines. Jon's extensive client list also includes interactive BBC Jam, BBC Cbeebies, Sainsburys (Christmas designs 2006), Tesco (Easter eggs), 85 Four/Dubai Health Authority, Paperchase, Early Learning Centre (Birthday Club gift pack as well as online games), Leapfrog San Fransisco, Michael O'Mara, John Brown Junior, Yellow Door and iseekcreative publishing. More recently Jon has produced in the in-store illustrations for Mothercare and Early Learning Centre 2013 Christmas Campaign.
Since 2009 Jon has been a visiting lecturer at Sussex Coast College, Hastings where he has worked with FDA designers and illustrators.
In March 2010 Jon teamed up with Dipali Vaidya (Mumbai) to produce a series of apps about a reindeer called Elly, there are now 13 apps in the series and they continue to be regularly featured in 'whats hot' in the iPhone and iPad book sections. Jon has now licensed Elly to both Japan (eigotown) and The Netherlands (TIZIO BV) giving the Elly chracater an even greater presence globally on the app store. In late 2013 TIZIO BV brought the Elly brand to the Android platform beginning with the first 3 titles plus 'Elly's Christmas' both for Google Play and Amazon app store. Tizio also converted Jon's 1986 book (first published by Macmillan) 'The Edible Suit', a comic retelling of the classic Lear verse into app form which KIRKUS described as "an unusually successful crossover to the digital domain" and gave it a 'best of 2012' badge.
Specialties: Character Design, Childrens illustration book and magazine, app development, Christmas and Greetings.
Jon lives in Battle, East Sussex with his partner Katie and daughter Holly.