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Bob Venables is the go-to illustrator for any project that requires illustrations executed in a classic style. Matisse, Hogarth, Wyeth, Rackham, Lowbrow… whatever look you’re after, Bob will deliver. He’s a pastiche illustrator par excellence.
Bob has worked on many high profile advertising campaigns, including the Profit Hunter ads for Artemis, which have run for over a decade. His versatility, eye for detail, and ability to evoke the past while conveying contemporary themes to contemporary audiences are what keep clients coming back again and again. Originally from Birmingham, Bob worked in London and established himself on the advertising scene before moving to the Isle of Wight, where life is a little more relaxed. He studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins gaining a BA, and did archaeological illustration for a year before becoming a freelancer.

Approach

Bob works in a whole range of media, depending on what’s required by the commission. On the traditional side he uses oil, acrylic, alkyd, watercolour, and pen and ink, but he’s also happy working digitally on his Wacom Cintiq.

Styles

Primarily a pastiche illustrator, Bob is adept at recreating just about any look – from 1930s propaganda-style posters to old maps, and from neoclassical still lifes to jolly 19th century book illustrations.

Client list

Bob works for a range of top-flight clients including Guinness, British Airways, Artemis Asset Management, the BBC, Adidas, Sony, Heinz, Tesco, Waitrose, John Smiths, FIFA, VW, BMW and the Folio Society.
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A Credit to Dr Dolittle
Bob Venables creates five paintings for the end credits of the feature film Dr Dolittle.
A Credit to Dr Dolittle
An Emperor's Journey
Bob Venables' latest artwork for All About History Magazine follows the story of Ashoka.
An Emperor's Journey
A Cultured Gin
Bluebottle Gin expand their advertising with finely illustrated posters by Bob Venables.
A Cultured Gin
Daughters of the Storm
Bob Venables delivers a heroic illustration to All ABout History magazine on female political inspiration.
Daughters of the Storm
Egyptian Turmoil
Bob Venables creates a historic scene for All About History magazine on Akhenaten the heretic Pharaoh.
Egyptian Turmoil
Agrippina
Painted in the style of a Roman Fresco, Bob Venables illustrates for All About History Magazine.
Agrippina
Remote Monitoring
Telecommunications Company Orange, use Bob Venables' art for a humorous TV advert in France.
Remote Monitoring
A Literal Logo
Bob Venables works on logos for Australian advertising and marketing company Bear Meets Eagle on Fire.
A Literal Logo
What a Carry On!
Appearing in the Irish Examiner today, Bob Venables creates an eye-catching cover illustration on the farce of Brexit.
What a Carry On!
Wine with Fish
The March issue of Waitrose Magazine is illustrated with Bob Venables' characterised fish.
Wine with Fish
Napa Valley Wine Brand
OneHope wine recently commisisioned Bob Venables to create a series of illustrations for their brand
Napa Valley Wine Brand
Slow Down
Bob Venables tackles the serious subject of road safety in this compelling illustration.
Slow Down
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England
Out now in hardback, is this beautifully illustrated book by pastiche artist Bob Venables and written by Ian Mortimer
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England
History is There to be Beaten
McCann London commission Bob Venables for an illustrated print to celebrate the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
History is There to be Beaten
Irish Sports
Bob Venables takes a witty look at sports coverage for The Irish Examiner.
Irish Sports
Blue Bottle Glamour
Bob Venables illustrates a poster for Blue Bottle Gin with some city sophistication.
Blue Bottle Glamour
The Founders
Pottermore - the website for all things in the Harry Potter world use Bob Venables' illustrations for a feature on Hogwarts' house founders.
The Founders
Lazy Gin
If you're out shopping in Waitrose you'll spot Bob Venables' latest packaging artwork for the Heston Blumenthal range.
Lazy Gin
Hogwarts' Ghosts
Bob Venables illustrates the ghosts of the infamous wizarding school in time for Halloween.
Hogwarts' Ghosts
Pugs & Prejudice
Headline Publishing use Bob Venables witty illustrations for 'Classic Tails' - greatest works of literature told by the finest breeds.
Pugs & Prejudice
Keri Juices
The Keri Juice Blenders range has been illustrated by Bob Venables in his surreal style.
Keri Juices
Lamb Burgers, Fruit Cups and a Tea Tart!
Bob Venables continues his work with Waitrose for the Heston Blumenthal range.
Lamb Burgers, Fruit Cups and a Tea Tart!
Champions
Noelle Floyd Magazine feature five champion horses illustrated by Bob Venables.
Champions
Jeanne de Belleville
Bob Venables creates a stained glass window illustration for a History of Royals Magazine feature on the Lioness of Brittany.
Jeanne de Belleville
A Map for Reign
Bob Venables illustrates a map for the American historical fantasy romance 'Reign'.
A Map for Reign
A Surreal World
Bob Venables produces two incredible surrealistic paintings for an Artemis campaign.
A Surreal World
Katherine and Philippa de Roet
History of Royals Magazine commission Bob Venables for a 14th century piece of art.
Katherine and Philippa de Roet
Trump on Twitter
The Irish Examiner commission Bob Venables for a political piece on Trump's Twitter use.
Trump on Twitter
Bob Venables' SCRAPBOOK
You'll enjoy learning about Bob Venables' creativity in our latest Scrapbook.
Bob Venables' SCRAPBOOK
A Serbian Tzar
Bob Venables paints another outstanding artwork for History of Royals Magazine.
A Serbian Tzar
Look for Beauty Everywhere
Bob Venables finishes his fifth poster for Bluebottle Artisan Dry Gin.
Look for Beauty Everywhere
Deirdre of the Sorrows
The versatile Bob Venables creates a film script poster.
Deirdre of the Sorrows
INSIDE OUT: The new look Heston range by Waitrose
How illustrator Bob Venables produced a quintessentially English look for chef Heston Blumenthal’s delectable food range and its packaging.
INSIDE OUT: The new look Heston range by Waitrose
Bear in a China Shop
Bob Venables paints the cover of Finance Asia Magazine highlighting the vulnerability of Asian markets.
Bear in a China Shop
NPL Hell
Euro Money Magazine ask Bob Venables to illustrate Italy's debt crisis.
NPL Hell
Dandylion
Bob Venables personifies a lion for Mr Fitzpatrick's Vintage Cordials.
Dandylion
A Viking Saga
Bob Venables illustrates for Giles Kristian's latest bestseller.
A Viking Saga
Before & After
Bob Venables illustrates for History of Royals Magazine on a before and after makeover of Elizabeth I.
Before & After
The Nameless One
Royals Magazine commission Bob Venables for a painting of Ivan VI.
The Nameless One
Gin Anyone?
Bob Venables works his way through the drinks cabinet with an advertising commission for a Gin maker.
Gin Anyone?
Look for Beauty Everywhere
Bob Venables completes his fourth ad for Blue Bottle Gin.
Look for Beauty Everywhere
Richard the Lionheart
Bob Venables illustrates for History of Royals magazine painting one of England's great rulers.
Richard the Lionheart
Lion's Roar
Bank's Brewery commission Bob Venables for a football themed label.
Lion's Roar
Olga of Kiev
Bob Venables paints Olga of Kiev for History of Royals Magazine.
Olga of Kiev
The Hood's Bell
Bob Venables paints a World War II Battleship's bell.
The Hood's Bell
The Rise and Rise of Diabetes
Bob Venables illustrates an RSCI advertisement about the rapid growth of diabetes.
The Rise and Rise of Diabetes
Insidehouse Magazine
Bob Venables completes a surreal illustration for Insidehouse Magazine.
Insidehouse Magazine
Weathering The Storm
Bob Venables continues to create compelling illustrations for Artemis Asset Management with this latest offering.
Weathering The Storm
Spirit of Artemis
Bob Venables' illustration of the Artemis Profit flies from the UK to Australia on the Spirit of Artemis aircraft.
Spirit of Artemis
Hobgoblin
The Hobgoblin Santa Catcher strikes with Bob Venables' illustration for Wychwood Brewery.
Hobgoblin
Wainwright Landscapes
Bob Venables draws some imaginary landscapes for Wainwright Brewery ads.
Wainwright Landscapes
Distracted by the Big Picture
Bob Venables paints a compelling scene for asset management client Artemis.
Distracted by the Big Picture
Cosmos
Drawn in an eighteenth century style, Bob Venables illustrates the movement of the planets for Cosmos Magazine.
Cosmos
Bluebottle Gin
Bob Venables creates his third poster for Randalls Bluebottle Gin.
Bluebottle Gin
Fast Work for Wainwright
Bob Venables completes this ad for Wainwright Golden Ale in record time.
Fast Work for Wainwright
Illustrator Profile - Bob Venables
Bob Venables is a pastiche artist based in the Isle of Wight.
Illustrator Profile - Bob Venables