Kristof Devos, freelance illustrator & picturebook maker

About me

Hi, I’m Kristof Devos, an illustrator based in Belgium. I work in editorial, watch design and make picturebooks for children of all ages on themes such as friendship, death and standing up for yourself. My work has been described as both quirky and poetic and has received multiple awards. I also host Podlood, a podcast about illustration.


2024 De Wind en Wij re-issue – Kristof Devos & Claudia Jong (De Eenhoorn)

2023 Olimillimeter & Megamond – Barbara Raes & Kristof Devos (Lannoo)

2022 Vos, Vogel en ik – Kristof Devos (De Eenhoorn)

2020 De Wind en Wij – Kristof Devos & Claudia Jong (De Eenhoorn)

2019 Het Kattenmannetje en andere sprookjes – Janneke Schotveld and multiple illustrators (Unieboek Spectrum)

2018 Max maakt een vriend – Kristof Devos & Claudia Jong (De Eenhoorn)

2016 Dit is Miep – Kristof Devos (Davidsfonds/Infodok)

2015 Schim – Wally De Doncker & Kristof Devos (Davidsfonds/Infodok)

2014 Het Weerjongetje – Pimm van Hest & Kristof Devos (Clavis)

2013 Nooit is voor altijd – Kristof Devos & Claudia Jong (Davidsfonds/Infodok)

2011 Vijf draken verslagen – multiple authors and illustrators (Querido)

2010 Wie heeft hier met verf lopen smijten? – multiple authors and illustrators (Querido)

Selections & awards

2023Official election Illustradays expo ‘Fragments of time’, Greece

2023Selection Leesjury, Belgium

2023Selection Flemish Illustrators, Biennal of illustrations Bratislava, Villa Verbeelding, Belgium

2023Selection, Illustration West 61 Exhibition, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, USA

2022Nomination, Hiii Illustration Awards, Nanjing, China

2022Merit Winner, 3×3 Mag, New York, USA

2022 – Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles: Illustration West 60, USA

2021Merit Award, Hiii Illustration Awards, Nanjing, China

2020Honorable Mention, 3×3 Mag, New York, USA

2019Nominatie for Max maakt een vriend, Little Hakka, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

2019Merit Winner, 3×3 Mag, New York, USA

2019Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Illustration Competition, USA

2019Special Prize for Max maakt een vriend, BookILL Fest, Servië

2019Nomination Kinder- en Jeugdjury for Max maakt een vriend

2018Nominatie Kinder- en Jeugdjury for Dit is Miep

2016Shortlist selection, BookILL Fest, Servië

2015Shortlist selection, Nami Concours, South Korea

2015White Raven Award, for Schim by the Internationale Jugendbibliothek, Munchen.

International representation by Sarah Claeys / Booketlist Agency.

The works of Kristof were exhibited at the Biennal of illustration at Bratislava, Slovakia and on the Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival in South Korea and Malaysia.


Kristof’s books have been translated into Danish, English (USA), Korean and Chinese.


In the summer of 2019 Kristof designed and illustrated a watch for London based cult watchmaker Mr Jones. He made a second one in the autumn and more followed.

In november 2018, Kristof worked as Artist in residence in the Curaçao Children’s Museum.

He works barefoot wearing a winter hat. It looks ridiculous, but keeps it his head together.


Kristof’s work is being represented by élami agency. He is advised, supported and protected as a member of The Association of Illustrators.

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