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Vanessa Dell

Vanessa Dell - People and Portrait Illustrator based in the UK

Life and personality jump off the page or screen with one of Vanessa Dell’s portraits. Vivid colours and an emphasis on facial features make her paintings seem more real than real, as they reflect the spirit of the subject as much as their unique look.
Based just south of London and with over two decades of illustration experience, Vanessa has always been fascinated by faces and has studied them since childhood. Then, her subjects were Bugs Bunny and Sylvester the Cat, but today her influences include Lucian Freud, Stanley Spencer, Peter Blake, Sidney Nolan and Patrick Heron. Vanessa received a first class honours degree in Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, from Kingston University.

Approach

Vanessa’s main medium is oils, with some coloured pencils added in. She loves the physical act of painting, the feel of the oils and the paper textures. Photoshop comes in towards the end of the process, to compose the elements and to tidy up an image.

Style

Composition is more important to Vanessa than perfection, and her style captures the life and personality of her subject with a human feel. It’s idiosyncratic, fresh and sensitive, perhaps reflecting a little vulnerability and even awkwardness from time to time. That’s why people connect with her paintings more than they might with photographs.

Client list

Vanessa’s clients include Time Out, Rolling Stone, Slate, Waitrose Weekend, Trailer Park Inc, Kiehls, Radio Times, Elastic Creative, The Times, Smithsonian Magazine and Good Housekeeping.
The Critic Portraits
The Critic Portraits
Vanessa Dell paints portraits for new opinion magazine The Critic.
The Critic Portraits
The Illustrator - 100 Best from Around the World
The Illustrator - 100 Best from Around the World
Published by Taschen, a book featuring a diverse collection of illustrators' work shows the art of portrait artist Vanessa Dell.
The Illustrator - 100 Best from Around the World
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Studio Yeah commission Vanessa Dell to create a circus themed poster for their client Archie Bros.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
The Makings of a Classic
The Makings of a Classic
FCB New Zealand commission Vanessa Dell to create 3 ads for a Nestle 'Makings of a Classic' campaign.
The Makings of a Classic
Guess Who
Guess Who
This fantastic illustration was recently created by Vanessa Dell for Greenhouse Management Magazine.
Guess Who
Ahed Tamimi
Ahed Tamimi
The FT commission Vanessa Dell to create one of her distinct portraits
Ahed Tamimi
Millennials
Millennials
FT Weekend commission Vanessa Dell for a decorative portrait of Leila Slimani as part of their Millennials feature.
Millennials
Teeth & Pills
Teeth & Pills
Vanessa Dell paints a colourful poster for an upcoming short film.
Teeth & Pills
Lack of Diversity
Lack of Diversity
Inside Housing Magazine commission Vanessa Dell for an illustration exposing the lack of diversity in housing leadership.
Lack of Diversity
Vanessa Dell's SCRAPBOOK
Vanessa Dell's SCRAPBOOK
People and portrait illustrator Vanessa Dell talks to us for our latest Scrapbook edition.
Vanessa Dell's SCRAPBOOK
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