On National Illustration Day

Thanks to clients who saw uses for my loose, gestural drawing before I did, what started by accident through a studio booklet about drawing as part of my design practice, has become a thing in its own right.

Here, clockwise from top left:

A staff portrait wall at Bowen Craggs that started in the pandemic, for goodie bags send to staff for an online Christmas party.
Ideas Foundation’s use of the way I draw (and think) for early development of its creative programmes with Canon and Pantene.
The Trampery’s Fish Island Village birthday party, where I was live illustrator.
Sphere’s use of illustration for its Humanitarian Standards Partnership website, which I also art directed
Investigative drawing for Loughborough University London’s CRAIC project
Live sketching at writers’ organisation 26’s Wordstock event at the Bloomsbury Festival
Mapping for engagement at the Bromley by Bow gasworks, for Iceni projects and St William
A community mural by way of gathering in stories, for Cody Dock

The contexts are so varied that finding the right word for it can be tricky. Some clients call me a sketch or live illustrator. Some call me an artist. I call myself a sketcher.

Whatever we call it, here’s to another year of drawing for a fascinating array of purposes.