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Willie Ryan

Willie Ryan's Photo - International Icon and infographic illustrator. UK

Willie Ryan’s graphical illustrations are perfect for any project requiring quick, concise communication with no ambiguity. He’s an expert when it comes to icons, instructional images and infographics, but equally adept at depicting scenarios and concepts everyone can identify with. Willie’s work is ideal for editorial, advertising, broadcasting and mobile projects.
With a BA in Graphics and Illustration from Central Saint Martins in London, Willie has been drawing since the day he left college. Now based in Hastings, his influences include Hergé, William Heath Robinson, Aubrey Beardsley, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell.

Approach

Images begin as words and doodles scribbled out on lined paper, and a search for references if required. As Willie creates his roughs using ink on paper, he aims to reduce detail and find the ideal forms for the objects in his illustration. His drawings are scanned and traced as vectors, then scaled and assembled to complete the image.

Style

Willie’s images are simple, graphic and minimal, with a limited palette of strong, flat colours. He works in two styles. For one, he creates bold emblems and icons using line work or flat, contrasting colours. The other is more figurative with a diagrammatic or instruction book feel and a little humour.

Client list

Willie’s clients include Ford, the BBC, Heinemann, Lloyds Bank, Random House, USA Today, Volkswagen, Chase Manhattan Bank, Vauxhall, Fruit of the Loom, Friends of the Earth and more…
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Line drawing of paper boys
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Soccer moments illustration
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Vector art of people workout in gym
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Vector infographics of first aid instructions
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Infographic design of BrewDemon beer making process
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Graphic Illustration For Listerine Breath Campaign
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Pregnancy stages infographics by Willie Ryan
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Man painting a house illustration by Willie Ryan
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Line drawing of clothes
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Christmas Office Party Illustration By Willie Ryan
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Office party kissing illustration for Research magazine
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Info-graphic diagram about dog essentials
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Interior Graphic design of tube train
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changing diaper of a baby illustration
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How to wear suit humorous info-graphic diagrams
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Infographic diagram of flight instructions
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Aerial view of office seating vector illustration
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Man and woman playing office party games
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Badger icon
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Line drawing of human body parts
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Stickman on toilet iconic design
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Evolution of the mobile phone vector art
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House icon by Hastings based illustrator
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Inner ear graphic illustration
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Children's book illustration of animal masks
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Illustration of bad stickman situation
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Children illustration of origami swan instructions
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Vector illustration of different model cars
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Beautiful images Willie. Really very nice indeed.
Matt Inwood, Absolute Press
You're a pleasure to work with. I hope I will be able to pass you onto other folks as well.
Richard Eisermann, Prospect Design
Thanks Willie! It looks great, really varied and interesting so that you want to flick the whole way through! I've just heard that ‘When in Rome’ has nearly sold out and we're already looking at when we can reprint it, so I thought I'd share the good news with you!!
Claire Marshall, Anova Books
Willie consistently applies his incisive wit and fine line to all challenges. Over the years, for every commission, it has been a delight to see what he comes up with.
Robert, Lucy or Robert