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.
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.
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.
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
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.