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How to Commission an Illustrator: my process explained

Like most illustrators I’m frequently being asked to quote for commissions. Some requests come from Art Directors and Commissioning Editors who generally come armed with a brief, know all about what to expect, what they want and when they want it. However, many people...

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Illustrated Ridgeway Postcards

The illustrated map of the Ridgeway National Trail I designed to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Ridgeway is now available to buy as a postcard in my Etsy shop with 20% of all sales going to the National Trails – Ridgeway Partnership.

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London Wall Mural

Earlier this year I was approached by Campbell Gray Hotels who wanted to use my illustrated map of London as a wall mural at their Café Gray, Dubai. After some tweaking and resizing the finished illustration was printed and put in place and I’m...

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All in Monte Carlo Map

I was recently contacted to design an illustrated map of Monaco with the emphasis on Monte Carlo for the upcoming book All in Monte Carlo. The brief was that the All in Monte Carlo map should include some of the iconic landmarks mentioned in...

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Ancient Rome Map

Historical Maps of the Roman Empire

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of illustrating a set of 10 black and white historical maps for a book on the Roman Empire by Nick Holmes. Most of the maps feature the territorial expansion of the Roman Empire followed by its...

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Kitchen Garden Map

As a follow on commission from the illustrated hotel grounds maps I designed for Exclusive Collection I was asked to draw an illustrated kitchen garden map for Lainston House. The brief for the map was that it needed to be simple and yet easy...

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Illustrated Fantasy Map

It’s been a very busy year for me and in between illustrated map commissions I’ve not really had much time to write any blog posts. However, I’ve made time to squeeze in a quick post about the illustrated fantasy map commission I completed for...

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Lancashire & Hampshire map prints

In between client commissions I always like to have a personal project on the go and these are two of my most recently completed projects – two new illustrated map prints, one featuring Lancashire and the other Hampshire. I have a deep affinity for...

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Contemporary UK Innovation map

I was commissioned by the Engineering Consultancy Hoare Lea to design a contemporary UK innovation map for the ‘Shaping my city’ feature in their client-facing magazine Exploare. ‘Shaping my city’ is a feature where Hoare Lea talk about some of the landmarks and influential...

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Cat Christmas Cards

Now available to buy colourful and cheery cat Christmas cards to help you spread some furry, festive cheer this Christmas. 2020 has been very a strange and unsettling year but happily that isn’t going to stop the Christmas celebrations and well-wishing over the next...

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London Waterways Canal Map Print

Since designing the original England and Wales folding canal network maplets for the Canal and River Trust, I’ve been asked many times if copies of the London Waterways Canal map was available to buy.  Thanks to ‘lockdown’ I’ve had a bit more time on...

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