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Rohan Eason

Rohan Eason - Pen and Ink Artist, Atmospheric Illustrator, London

Inspired by traditional woodcuts and engraved imagery, Rohan Eason’s meticulously and expressive hand-drawn style is full of atmosphere, and every image is steeped in the narrative of the story he’s illustrating. The simplicity of his black and white renderings brings the idea behind each image to the fore, and his work is widely used in book illustration – for children and adults.
Based in London, Rohan is inspired by artists like Aubrey Beardsley whose prints he first saw in his grandmother’s house when he was growing up. Today, critics freely liken Rohan’s work to Beardsley’s and he not only takes commissions from publishing houses but also self-publishes his work. He has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from Croydon College.

Approach

Rohan uses pen and ink, and generally works in black and white. All his work begins with a focus on composition and after establishing a structure he fine-tunes the viewpoint and the emphasis of the image, to give it emotional impact. In addition to monochrome, Rohan brings colour to some of his projects to give them something different.

Style

There’s strength and clarity in Rohan’s work, alongside subtle nuances that will remind you of Art Nouveau. Beardsley’s influence is clear, but Rohan is also a fan of Arthur Rackham’s illustrations, and the art of Mark Grotjahn and Mark Rothko, among others.

Client list

Rohan’s clients include DDB Deutschland, Volkswagen, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Candlewick Press, Orion, Pushkin Press, Pegasus Life, the Royal Shakespeare Company and more.
“Rohan was a pleasure to work with. The process was very smooth. He responded to our brief and comments well and both myself and the client was very pleased with the finished illustration. The look and feel of the illustration fitted perfectly with the mood of the plays that the theatre wanted to get across in their publicity.”
Paula Mallet, Feast Creative
"Rohan's darkly witty illustrations were the perfect accompaniment to the book. His thoughtful and intelligent approach was exactly what we needed and what's more he was a pleasure to work with."
Simon Moore, Baby
The dark element of Rohan's work fits nicely into the suffering and mysterious quality of bike racing. The posters were a huge success, we immediately sold out.
Joe Hall, Rapha
‘Rohan’s work seems to come from a place of otherworldly vision. With staggering precision and startling beauty, he renders every detail of these dreams before they can evaporate. The results deserve as much to be printed in our finest books as to be framed and hung on a gallery wall.’
Michael McCartney, Simon and Schuster
Your contribution proved essential to the project: your compositions were clear and very respectful of my text. You're a superb artist. I would happily recommend you.
James Palumbo, Ministry of Sound
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