The UK-based illustrator Jacob Stead works in a bold and imaginative style which is clear, direct and inviting – ideal for editorial, publishing and advertising projects. His strong figures, colourful settings and a little hint of folk-art influences combine for perfect visual storytelling.
What clients like most about Jacob is that they know what to expect – his style and professional manner are always consistent, while his ideas are refreshing and inventive. You can tell from his work that he enjoys expressing himself through concepts and pictures, having honed his raw talent studying at both Leeds College of Art and Design and then UWE Bristol for his BA in Illustration.
In music and art, Jacob admires sincerity and energy, which is why he’s so inspired by folklore, folk art, folk music and even folk horror movies. He’s fascinated by the strange and supernatural stories and landscape of Britain.
Jacob has streamlined his working process using Photoshop to create digital illustrations. He often uses a reduced palette of three gradient colours, which he spends time honing to ensure natural blends and just the right atmosphere.
Contemporary, bold and instantly recognisable, Jacob’s work uses strong forms, contrast, colour and hints of texture to catch the eye. Light-hearted and often with a touch of humour, he appeals to the imagination.
Client list Some of Jacob’s clients include The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Variety, Fortune and Scientific American.