Hello! My name is Jessica Hartshorn and I'm based in Rugby, Warwickshire, UK.
I work as a professional illustrator and create a range of vibrantly and colourful artworks bringing stories to life.
After gaining my degree in Visual Communication, Illustration at Loughborough University in 2001, I worked as a freelance illustrator for a year before changing direction, developing a career in the museums and gallery education sector for over a decade. Returning to illustration in 2018, my portfolio consists of a range of murals for cultural venues, book and educational resource illustration and products. However I have predominately carved out a niche specialising in illustrations for museums and galleries. Using my background in the heritage sector I now create artwork and content for family trails, maps, interpretation and education resources.
Through a playful and colourful style, my Illustrations focus very much narrative which is incorporated into the story telling of her illustrations. Using a mixture of acrylic, paint pens, work is sketched, and then painted using layers of colour and finally adding detail.
I also love painting animals and nature and this tend to shine through in my products.
Are you in need of an illustrator, mural artist or workshop leader? Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss an idea or request a commission or project.
Rugby, West Midlands, UK
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