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Becca Thorne

Becca Thorne

Becca Thorne - United Kingdom based illustrator

Butterflies and birds, field mice and bees – the artwork of English illustrator Becca Thorne hums with the authentic rhythm of nature. Cutting lino blocks and printing with colourful inks onto handmade paper, Becca’s deep connection with her subject comes through in every hand-crafted image she creates.
Becca’s enthusiasm for art, history and zoology rubs off on her clients, who are inspired by her genuine interest in these subjects. They know she has the knowledge, experience and professionalism to create the perfect imagery for their projects. Some of the world’s biggest editorial, publishing and conservation organisations turn to Becca for the traditional, handmade feel of her work. Nature and history are Becca’s passions and are the heart and soul of her work. Jackdaws hopping on decaying old castles, ancient burial chambers hidden on the moors and folklore from a lost age – all this and more is carved out in her prints.

Approach

Beginning with a pencil and sketchbook, Becca then develops roughs in Procreate. The relief for each colour layer of an image will be carved into biodegradable linseed lino then delicately hand printed using water-based inks. After scanning, the layers are assembled and edited, if needed, in Photoshop.

Style

Becca’s style is bold and graphic, playful and textured, jaunty and eclectic. The hand of the artist and the happy accident enrich everything she creates, which is why people relate so readily to her style.

Awards

2022 – Longlisted for World Illustration Awards – Science & Technology 2017 – Shortlisted for World Illustration Awards - Self-initiated 2011 – Longlisted AOI Images 33 2010 – Shortlisted AOI Images 32 2010 – Shortlisted Creative Review Illustration Awards 2008 – Winner of Harper Collins x Saatchi Gallery Book Cover Design Competition 2005 – Shortlisted Mercury Prize Art & Music

Client list

Clients include BBC History, The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Cico Books, The Folio Society, Financial Times, National Trust Books, Thames and Hudson, Waitrose, Waterfront Magazine for The Canal & Rivers Trust and Yale University Press.
Single colour landscape illustration showing pond plants and animals , including frogs and toads, ra
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Single colour landscape illustration showing hedgerow plants and animals, including stag beetles, pe
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Three colour linocut of five goldfinches, flying and sitting on branches and teasels. The number fiv
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A red and blue linocut illustration of a male pheasant standing in a wintry field, with holly in the
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sepia-tone circular linocut print showing a midwife enveloping an apothecary and baby in utero, with
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linocut illustration showing a sun/moonwith horns, above a seven-headed serpent, crown and sickle.
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Two colour linocut illustration of a seagull looking across Custom House Quay in Falmouth, Cornwall.
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Book cover for The Craft of Poetry by Lucy Newlyn: a white book jacket with pink text and a pink and
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Two colour linocut children's illustration of two badgers in navy blue on a yellow background of twi
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A sepia toned two-layer linocut illustration of Dominique Ansel's Bakery In New York City at Thanksg
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Linocut illustration of a green man face made up of different British tree leaves, including oak, as
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Pink and blue illustration of an allotment in winter, with a bird in a wintry tree in the foreground
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a cute linocut print of woodland animals in autumnal colours
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Three colour linocut illustration of couples ice skating around a jaunty christmas tree
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A linocut illustration of the celtic Holly King, or Old Man Winter, staring straight at the viewer,
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black and white medieval style woodcut chapter headings showing Henry VIII hunting on a horse with a
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A linocut and watercolour illustration of an Italian cake, teapot and mugs, sitting in front of an o
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Two colour lincut illustration of garden hand tools, showing a trowel, hand fork, gloves, twine, sec
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Single colour landscape illustration showing plants and animals of the field margin, including partr
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Black and white linocut illustration of a tree in winter, with a pink and orange gradient sunset in
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Four colour lincut print of a wonky tin of Martinete tomatoes
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Three circular black and white linocut spot illustrations of a winged demon, warrior angel and seven
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a blue-toned linocut illustration of a Bengal tiger, looking away from the viewer, towards a Victori
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Four colour linocut illustration of a little girl walking into a bookshop called Maison de la Souris
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Collection of linocut illustrations of British cakes, pastries and biscuits, with their names. Boswo
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Selection of linocut vegetable illustrations: A string of brown onions, jar of coriander, round yell
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a neon pink and blue illustration of a Bengal tiger looking back at a steam train chugging through a
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Black and red linocut illustration of 17th century people working in the fields, tilling the land, s
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Photoof a magazine spread showing a medieval-inspired double-page illustration of community issues:
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Cover of Ismael Kadare's The Ghost Rider, with linocut illustration of a man and woman on a rearing
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The cover of Rose Shepherd's At Home With Henry VIII, featuring a linocut illustration of Henry VIII
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Cover of Jeanne Strang's Goose Fat & Garlic, with a linocut illustration of a goose standing by a ha
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Cosy linocut and watercolour illustration of a terrier curled up alseep next to a lit stove on a nar
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Anglo Saxon -style linocut illustration of a ship's prow, figurehead, with its mouth open and tongue
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Linocut illustration of a mouse sitting on the edge of a big chair, reading a book and swinging its
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selection of black and white illustrations from Chickens by Suzi Baldwin, showing: a chick hatching
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Photograph of a spread from Chickens by Suzi Baldwin, showing a linocut illustration of the internal
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Double page spread from Beowulf by Seamus Heaney, with an Anglo Saxon-inspired linocut illustration
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Photograph of a Bakewell Pudding recipe in Caroline Taggart's A Slice of Britain, with linocut spot
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Anglo Saxon -style linocut illustration of  a dead dragon, with a bleeding sword wound,, from The Fo
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The over of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf for The Folio Society, showing gold foiled linocut illustration
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