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 by Dan Cole

Barry Croucher

Barry Croucher wins the silver award in the design category of the latest Association of Illustrators (AOI) competition!

Barry Croucher wins the silver award

The Association of Illustrators (www.theaoi.com) is the leading not for profit trade organisation, promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. Now in it’s 36th year, the ‘Images’ book and touring exhibition was launched for the first time at London’s Somerset House in October. Artists from our agency have a strong presence this year with 5 selected entries and Barry Croucher’s Silver Award winning entry in the Design category for ‘Hadrian’s Wall’.

Barry Croucher wins the silver award

Charlie Barr of Studio MB, working for the Vindolander Roman Museum in Northumbria wanted to create a large frieze 12m x 2.5m showing the construction and manning of Hadrian’s Wall, illustrated in the style of the Trajan’s Column carved stone relief. The huge scale of the art work gave Barry many technical problems to solve, which he managed on time, to budget and to award-winning effect!

Barry Croucher

Barry Croucher has been a full time illustrator for more than 18 years, originally working in watercolour, acrylics and airbrush. In the last 10 years he has moved over to digital media to produce a wide variety of scientific and technical illustration. His work ranges from photorealistic to more stylised images.

The other Art Agency artists selected for inclusion in the Images 36 book were:

Barry CroucherBlack Bear by Peter Scott

Barry Croucher
The Nun by Rob Davis

Barry Croucher
Sea Otter by Gary Hanna

Barry Croucher
Desert T-rex by Mick Posen



Welcome to our brand new blog! Over the coming weeks, months, years, we’ll share with you work from some of the finest illustrators in the universe. As we know it, Jim. Artwork in progress, completed pieces, new styles, and new samples!

Welcome: Today we thought we would share some of our artists work with you, just to give you some idea of the range of styles available.

There are digital illustrators, fantasy illustrators and picture book illustrators. We also have great character illustrators, 3d illustrators and much more. Every artist is professional and reliable as well as talented and remarkable!

So without delay here is a small selection of work by some of our artists. We will over the coming weeks be sharing artwork with you of all our artists:


Space illustration by Mark Garlick


Children's book illustration, Diana Catchpole, Welcome

Children’s book illustration, by Diana Catchpole



Animal illustration, by Ian Jackson


Historical Illustration, welcome

Historical illustration, by Claudia Saraceni



Shark, by Peter Scott

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