What makes a great illustrator?

The trick to being an illustrator

I used to puzzle over the work of successful illustrators and wonder what are the tricks that have made them so good? I finally saw the answer. No tricks! These artists have refined their drawing skills to such a high level that they make illustration work look easy. Their level of observation and ability to convey reality is simply fantastic. Whatever subject they draw and paint they turn it into a compelling illustration. Have a look at some of their samples and you’ll soon see the value they can add to your projects.

Beaver skeleton

Beaver skeleton by Sandra Doyle

Collie dog

Collie dog by Ian Jackson

German soldier WWI

WWI German soldier by Jean-Michel Girard

Beetles

Beetles by Dan Cole

Seasonal illustrations

Christmas is fast approaching so we thought it would be festively appropriate to share some seasonal illustrations with you, from a range of our professional and highly experienced illustrators. We can provide snowy animal illustrations, icy Sci-Fi graphic novel art work, cheery children’s book pictures and ho ho ho humorous cartoons!

Seasonal illustrations: Our artists and illustrators always bring something special to the projects they take on. With a wide range of outstanding skills in drawing and painting we are able to offer you a stunning range of styles, mediums and genre. From award-winning and beautiful conventional artwork through to inspiring digital artwork.

Below is a Wintery range of just a few special pieces of artwork our illustrators have created. If you like what you see then please do visit our main website (link above), or simply click here to access our on-line portfolio. Get in touch with your wish-list and we’ll be happy to send you a sockful of appropriate samples to consider for your project.

We hope you enjoy the excellent collection of pictures below and we wish you a very happy, very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Snow scene illustration, by Diana Catchpole

Snow scene illustration, by Diana Catchpole

Christmas children's book illustration, by Peter Kavanagh

Christmas children’s book illustration, by Peter Kavanagh

Christmas cat and mouse illustration, by Lyn Stone, seasonal illustrations

Christmas cat and mouse illustration, by Lyn Stone

Dr Who graphic novel illustration, by Rob Davis, seasonal illustrations

Dr Who graphic novel illustration, by Rob Davis

Digitally illustration of a deer, by Geri Ford, seasonal illustrations

Digitally illustration of a deer, by Geri Ford

Linocut illustration of a turkey, by Richard Allen, seasonal illustrations

Linocut illustration of a turkey, by Richard Allen

Illustration of ponies in Winter, by  Ian Jackson, seasonal illustrations

Illustration of ponies in Winter, by Ian Jackson

Illustrations of Reindeer, by Sandra Doyle, seasonal illustrations

Illustrations of Reindeer, by Sandra Doyle

Illustration of polar bears, by Fiammetta Dogi, seasonal illustrations

Illustration of polar bears, by Fiammetta Dogi

Digital illustration of penguins, by Mick Posen, seasonal illustrations

Digital illustration of penguins, by Mick Posen

Illustration of a hare, by Peter David Scott , seasonal illustrations

Illustration of a hare, by Peter David Scott

Digital illustration of penguins by Gary Hanna, seasonal illustrations

Digital illustration of penguins by Gary Hanna

Tom Connell

Tom Connell worked on a very successful commission for Parragon. The project was Gold Stars, key stage two books for schools on Science and English. The books were published in 2009 and have proved very popular.

Tom Connell completed 297 spot illustrations covering every subject imaginable in just one month! Quite a marathon for him. At the end Tom, said “Here are the last few! My God, I’ve finished them! I’m in hiding until Monday now.”

Tom has recently illustrated a new series in the same style for QED called Art Smart published in August 2012. These feature a number of step-by-step spreads showing children how to create art works. Lauren Taylor the editor, said “You’re an absolute star, Tom. Thank you.” The success of this project for Tom means that QED plan to continue the series with him. Good luck, Tom!

Here are a selection of the spot illustrations completed for QED. All these images have been created using Adobe Illustrator. If you would like to see more work by Tom, please visit our main website right here! Or click on the link in the menu above.

Tom Connell

 

Tom Connell

Spot illustrations by Tom Connell

 

Tom Connell

 

Tom Connell

 

Tom Connell