Zara Illustrates

Monday, 28 February 2011

The Mr and I have been earnestly working our way through Mad Men (we're up to season 4!), so I was immediately excited when I saw the work of Bristol-based illustrator Zara Picken over the weekend. Her work has a fantastic mid-century retro feel, and has no doubt been likened to the television series on more than one occassion.

Zara graduated from an illustration degree at the University of West England in 2008 and has since been working for an impressive list of clients including Waitrose, The Guardian, The National Trust and Macmillan. And it's easy to see why. Zara's work combines digital techniques with handmade elements - textured blocks of colour being a key feature throughout - and there is a little touch of humour in her wokr as well. Unsurprisingly, Zara's work is influenced by mid-century design and old paper-based ephemera.

Pop over to Zara's website to view her full portfolio, and to her online shop to purchase digital prints of her work. Zara also has a blog here.


  1. Hi Diane,

    I'm Angela from Wicker & Stitch and I'm doing the BYW course with you. What a lovely blog you have... I'm your newest follower!

    Pop on over and say hi when you get a moment

    Look forward to chatting to you more as the course progresses - good luck with it.



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