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Kavel Rafferty

Kavel Rafferty - International retro lifestyle illustrator. UK

With a natural and contemporary style, English illustrator Kavel Rafferty skillfully combines drawings, found imagery, print and paint to create images that connect with audiences at an emotional level. In editorial, publishing, advertising and more, Kavel’s clients enjoy the fresh and individual qualities of her work.
Currently based in Margate, Kent, Kavel spent eight years living and working in Barcelona. She collects record sleeves and loves flea markets, 60s and 70s Soul music, mid-20th century design and vintage signage. At least a few of these influences crop up in her work which spans fashion, food, maps, editorial and hand drawn typography.


The paper and ephemera that Kavel loves to collect often feeds through into her artwork alongside photos she’s taken, painted textures and, of course, the hand drawn focal points of her compositions. She works on finding interesting and unusual colorways, and combines all these elements in her images.


Kavel’s style is modern, friendly, charming and versatile. She often uses rich colors and, where it suits the brief, introduces a hint of nostalgia.

Client list

Kavel’s clients include Vogue, Selfridges, Glamour, The Times, Time Out, Waitrose, The Guardian, Penguin and the BBC.
Everyone loves the illustrations for both Pairings and Food Science. You did a fantastic job. We even heard back from the author of the Pairings section and he went on and on about how great he thinks the illustrations look. It has been a pleasure to work with you, Kavel. Thank you so much!
Pamela Winn, Fine Cooking Magazine - US
Working with Kavel was an absolute pleasure, with over 60 illustrations in the book we worked in batches. Kavel understood exactly what we were trying to achieve and was very accommodating and all the deadlines were met on time. The day each batch arrived was a day I really looked forward to, it was like unwrapping presents, every one was a gem and her compositions and colour palette worked perfectly. Kavel brings warmth and humour to all her work combining her painting and photoshop skills beautifully with a small nod towards her interest in the 50’s and 60’s. I very much hope we have a chance to work together again soon.
Debrett's, Karen Wilks
Kavel delivers outstanding work time after time. Always hitting deadlines and always bringing a unique punch of personality and charm to each of her illustrations no matter what the subject – and I’ve thrown some really tricky ones at her. It’s an absolute delight to work with someone so talented, responsive and friendly. She makes my job so much easier. A true professional.
Joe McIntyre: Art Editor, The Simple Things, Iceberg Press
Kavel has a great natural style and is always happy to take on our briefs - no matter how detailed they are (or strapped for time we are) - and produces some gorgeous illustrations. Her flexible approach and patience make her a pleasure to work with every time.
Slimming World magazine, Joanne Paxton
Kavel was a pleasure to work with and really professional. She interpreted the brief well, responded quickly to feedback and produced wonderful artwork for us in her unique graphic style. The whole process was easy and enjoyable and I would thoroughly recommend her.
Alice Moore, Senior Designer, Headline
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