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Sue Gent

Sue Gent - Publishing, packaging and editorial wood block inspired illustrator. UK

Full of atmosphere, depth and detail, Sue Gent’s artwork is as vibrant as it is varied. Clients love her richly evocative traditional approach, as well as the professionalism she brings to every project. Currently based in Exeter, she’s inspired by history, horror, nature and mythology.
An experienced illustrator, graphic designer and producer of music videos, Sue has a comprehensive understanding of the processes and requirements in both editorial and commercial projects and she regularly collaborates with some of the biggest names in publishing.

Approach

Sue expertly develops each illustration using a process of experimentation and improvement to find the most original response to the brief, rendering it in just the right style. She’ll work up an initial composition traditionally with a brush or pen and ink, before taking it digital to add colour and refine the final artwork.

Style

With a style that hints at Art Nouveau, medieval woodcuts and illuminated manuscripts, Sue's directions are as varied and exciting as her influences. Japanese block prints, occult symbolism, 1950s advertising and Renaissance art, all contribute to her unique approach and output.

Client list

Sue has been commissioned by clients that include Orion Publishing Group, the BBC, Saga, Wildscreen Festival, Boneshaker, History Revealed, Quarto Publishing, Waitrose Magazine, Ernest Journal, Popshot Magazine and Marimo Magazine.
'An Idea Arrived’ Illustration
'An Idea Arrived’ Illustration
Sue Gent illustrates a poem by Poet Laureate Laureate Simon Armitage
'An Idea Arrived’ Illustration
Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
BBC Wildlife magazine commission Sue Gent to create this beautiful wildlife illustration celebrating the connection that musicians have with nature
Songs in the Key of Life
Innocent Folk
Innocent Folk
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine write about the origins of folk songs with help from Sue Gent
Innocent Folk
What if King John had Lived Longer?
What if King John had Lived Longer?
Sue Gent illustrates King John for her latest illustration in the History Revealed Magazine
What if King John had Lived Longer?
Orfeia Book Cover
Orfeia Book Cover
Sue Gent's latest decorative book cover for Joanne Harris is revealed
Orfeia Book Cover
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Sue Gent's latest for History Revealed Magazine features the commanding Alexander the Great.
Alexander the Great
If the Spanish Armada had Landed
If the Spanish Armada had Landed
History Revealed Magazine ask what would have happened if the events of 1588 took a different direction, complemented by Sue Gent's strong art.
If the Spanish Armada had Landed
Abubakari II
Abubakari II
History Revealed Magazine use Sue Gent's atmospheric style for a piece on the ruler Abubakari II.
Abubakari II
Sue Gent's SCRAPBOOK
Sue Gent's SCRAPBOOK
Sue Gent shares her studio and talks of her inspirations in our Interview with an Illustrator series.
Sue Gent's SCRAPBOOK
Gruesome Myths
Gruesome Myths
Sue Gent creates three spooky illustrations for Countryfile Magazine's Halloween feature.
Gruesome Myths
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