John Hendrix


JOHN HENDRIX loves to draw. In fact, he would much rather be drawing than writing this self-aggrandising bio.

John’s work has appeared in numerous publications, such as Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Esquire, The New York Times, and Time Magazine among many others. He has also drawn book jackets for the likes of Roaring Brook, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Greenwillow Books, Knopf, Penguin, Abrams Books and St. Martin’s Press. His images also appeared in advertising campaigns for ESPN/ABC, AT&T, and Travelocity. John’s drawings have won numerous awards, including the Society of Illustrator’s Silver Medal in 2006 and 2008, the 2009 3x3 Gold Medal in sequential illustration and the SILA Silver Best of Show Award. His images have also appeared in the annual award publications American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society for Publication Design, Communication Arts, AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers Show and Print’s Regional Design Annual.

In addition to his illustration work, John is teaching illustration and typography in the Communication Design program at Washington University in St. Louis. John was elected President of ICON7- The Illustration Conference, a biennial global summit for the illustration community, in 2012. In that same year, John chaired The Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Show.

His first picture book “Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek,” was named and ALA Notable book of 2008 and won the Comstock Award for read aloud books. John’s book, “John Brown: His Fight for Freedom” the first he has both written and illustrated, won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal and was named one of the “Best Books of 2009” by Publisher’s Weekly. His 2012 book, “A Boy Called Dickens” was described as "touching and believable” by The New York Times.

Born in the gritty midwestern suburbs of St. Louis, John attended The University of Kansas to study graphic design and illustration. He graduated with a degree in Rock Chalk and Visual Communication in 1999. After working for a few years as a designer, John moved from Kansas to New York City. John attended The School of Visual Arts MFA “Illustration as Visual Essay” program and graduated in 2003 with some honors and some debt. During his time living and working in New York, John taught at Parsons School of Design and worked at The New York Times as Assistant Art Director of the Op-Ed page for several years. John lives in the St. Louis neighborhood of University City, with his beautiful bride Andrea, son Jack and daughter Annie.

Selected Clients

Sports Illustrated • Entertainment Weekly • Rolling Stone • The New Yorker • The Wall Street Journal • Newsweek • The New York Times • Scholastic Books • Harvard Business Review • Fast Company • New York Magazine • The Village Voice • The New York Times Book Review • Foreign Policy • Seed • The New York Press • The Progressive • The Graphic Artists Guild • Harper-Collins • Paste Magazine • The Walrus, Retail Traffic • Random House • Field & Stream • Money Magazine • PlanSponsor • Spin • Boston Globe • Books & Culture • San Francisco Magazine • PC Magazine • Men's Health • Boy's Life • Nickelodeon • Christianity Today, Town & Country • Premiere • Esquire • St. Martins Press, Absolute Magazine • PLAY-The New York Times Magazine • Salt Water Sportsman • Boston Magazine • SPOT CO. • Mother Jones • Harcourt Publishing • Farrar-Strauss-Giroux • Spirit Magazine • ESPN The Magazine • Runner's World • Time/Life • Penguin Books • Outside Magazine • Arrive • LA Magazine • Vanity Fair • Wired • The Atlantic Monthly • Golf Magazine • The New York Times Magazine • Atlanta Magazine • Garden & Gun • The LA Times • W • PC World • Best Life • This Old House • Associations Now • United Airlines • Mercedez-Benz • Travelocity • Edward Jones • EMC • Quest • ESPN/ABC • Runner’s World • Kenyon College • More Magazine • Tennis • USAA • In-N-Out Burger • Popular Mechanics


Shooting at the Stars, John Hendrix, Abrams Books for Young Readers, (June 2014)

Rutherford B., Who Was He?, Marilyn Singer, Disney/Hyperion, (Dec 2013)

A Boy Called Dickens, Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Starred Reviews: School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist

Sarah Edmonds- Nurse, Soldier, Spy, Marissa Moss and John Hendrix, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Eureka! Children’s Book Award 2011
  • Reviewed by The New York Times

John Brown: His Fight for Freedom, John Hendrix, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009

  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Publisher’s Weekly, Best Book of 2009
  • New York Public Library top 100 books of 2009
  • Starred Reviews: Booklist, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist 2009 Editor’s Choice Award

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008

  • ALA Notable Book of 2008
  • Comstock Read-Aloud Award
  • Junior Library Guild Selection of 2008
  • Starred Reviews, Horn Book Review, SLJ, Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


  • Chair, 55th Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, 2012
  • President, ICON7, The Illustration Conference, 2011-2012
  • AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Show, 2011
  • Feature Article, Communication Arts, Oct. 2009
  • Original Art Book Show, Society of Illustrators, 2009, 2011
  • Print’s Regional Design Annual, 2008
  • Society of Newspaper Design Award of Excellence, 2009
  • Society of Illustrators- Annuals 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55
  • Alt Pick 2007 3rd Place Jury Selection
  • 3x3 Illustration Gold Medal, Sequential, 2009
  • 3x3 Illustration Annual 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Society of Illustrators-Los Angeles, Silver Medal, 2009
  • Society of Illustrators-Los Angeles, Silver Medal, 2009
  • Society of Illustrators-Los Angeles, Silver Medal, 2006
  • SPD Spot Show 2004, 2006, 2007
  • Parkway School District Alumni Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, Sequential 2008
  • Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, Books 2006
  • American Illustration - Annuals 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
  • American Illustration - Web Shows 26
  • SPD 40 Award of Merit, 2005
  • Communication Arts Fresh List -March/April 2005
  • Society of Illustrators Artist Member, 2004