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Kavel Rafferty

Kavel Rafferty - International retro lifestyle illustrator. UK

With a natural and contemporary style, English illustrator Kavel Rafferty skilfully combines drawings, found imagery, print and paint to create images that connect with audiences at an emotional level. In editorial, publishing, advertising and more, Kavel’s clients enjoy the fresh and individual qualities of her work.
Currently based in Margate, Kent, Kavel spent eight years living and working in Barcelona. She collects record sleeves and loves flea markets, 60s and 70s Soul music, mid-20th century design and vintage signage. At least a few of these influences crop up in her work which spans fashion, food, maps, editorial and hand drawn typography.

Approach

The paper and ephemera that Kavel loves to collect often feeds through into her artwork alongside photos she’s taken, painted textures and, of course, the hand drawn focal points of her compositions. She works on finding interesting and unusual colourways, and combines all these elements in her images.

Style

Kavel’s style is modern, friendly, charming and versatile. She often uses rich colours and, where it suits the brief, introduces a hint of nostalgia.

Client list

Kavel’s clients include Vogue, Selfridges, Glamour, The Times, Time Out, Waitrose, The Guardian, Penguin and the BBC.
A Portrait for Chicago
A Portrait for Chicago
The singer-songwriter Liz Phair is drawn by Kathryn Rathke for Chicago Magazine.
A Portrait for Chicago
Ovid's Tattoos
Ovid's Tattoos
Kathryn Rathke designs tattoos inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Ovid's Tattoos
Deon Cole
Deon Cole
Comedian Deon Cole is illustrated by Kathryn Rathke for Chicago Magazine.
Deon Cole
Carol Marin
Carol Marin
Carol Marin, award-winning journalist, is illustrated by Kathryn Rathke for Chicago Magazine.
Carol Marin
Jim Belushi
Jim Belushi
Kathryn Rathke creates a portrait of Jim Belushi for Chicago Magazine.
Jim Belushi
Projected!
Projected!
Kathryn Rathke sees her portrait of architect Oscar Niemeyer projected eight stories high in a Brazilian neighbourhood.
Projected!
Quarantine Book Club
Quarantine Book Club
Kathryn Rathke creates portraits of the authors featured in a Seattle-based online book club.
Quarantine Book Club
A Message To The City
A Message To The City
Kathryn Rathke sends a message to the city for The Stranger magazine.
A Message To The City
Hannibal Buress
Hannibal Buress
Kathryn Rathke draws and animates a portrait of comedian Hannibal Buress for Chicago Magazine.
Hannibal Buress
Dinner Guests
Dinner Guests
Kathryn Rathke illustrates for Johns Hopkins Magazine on their alumni's ideal dinner guests.
Dinner Guests
Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless
Kathryn Rathke produces an amusing portrait of American chef Rick Bayless for Chicago Magazine.
Rick Bayless
Refugee Entrepreneurs
Refugee Entrepreneurs
Kathryn Rathke helps to celebrate refugee entrepreneurs at a recent London event.
Refugee Entrepreneurs
Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros
Kathryn Rathke creates one of her signature portraits for Chicago Magazine.
Sandra Cisneros
Tweedy and the Corn Cobs
Tweedy and the Corn Cobs
Kathryn Rathke is thrilled to draw one of her favourite musicians for Chicago Magazine.
Tweedy and the Corn Cobs
ChrisTiana ObeySumner
ChrisTiana ObeySumner
City Arts Magazine commission Kathryn Rathke for one of her outstanding portraits
ChrisTiana ObeySumner
Sister Jean
Sister Jean
Kathryn Rathke creates a portrait of a worthy local for Chicago Magazine.
Sister Jean
Community Radio
Community Radio
A portrait of Tony Benton is created by Kathryn Rathke for Seattle's City Arts Magazine.
Community Radio
Angela Garbes
Angela Garbes
Food critic Angela Garbes is drawn by Kathryn Rathke for Seattle's City Arts magazine to coincide with the release of her new book.
Angela Garbes
Sharp Women
Sharp Women
A book celebrating the intellectual life of female writers in 20th century America is illustrated by the skilled Kathryn Rathke.
Sharp Women
A Striking Portrait
A Striking Portrait
Kathryn Rathke draws Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for an event held in his honour.
A Striking Portrait
Rushdie's Review
Rushdie's Review
The Guardian ask Kathryn Rathke for one of her distinctive portraits showing Salman Rushdie and the President of the USA.
Rushdie's Review
Sgt Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes
Sgt Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes
Seattle's City Art's Magazine commission Kathryn Rathke for her super portrait skills.
Sgt Rigsby and his Amazing Silhouettes
Artists of the Year
Artists of the Year
Kathryn Rathke draws portraits honouring Seattles's worthiest artists.
Artists of the Year
Nobel Prize Winner
Nobel Prize Winner
Kathryn Rathke celebrates Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize with this fantastic portrait.
Nobel Prize Winner
The Spirit & Flair of Prince
The Spirit & Flair of Prince
Kathryn Rathke creates a portrait of Prince for Seattle's 'The Stranger'.
The Spirit & Flair of Prince
Audible Range
Audible Range
Illustrating for the 'Audible Range' editorial site, Kathryn Rathke visualises listening to Moby Dick for a feature on audiobooks.
Audible Range
Rocket
Rocket
Kathryn Rathke works on a charity project for KEXP - a listener-sponsored radio station.
Rocket
Macron
Macron
Kathryn Rathke draws a portrait of France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron.
Macron
Seattle's Jody Hall
Seattle's Jody Hall
Kathryn Rathke's portrait skills are used again for Seattle's City Arts Magazine.
Seattle's Jody Hall
Illustrator Profile - Kathryn Rathke
Illustrator Profile - Kathryn Rathke
Kathryn Rathke illustrates with fluid, expressive and calligraphic lines.
Illustrator Profile - Kathryn Rathke
A Wall of Wally
A Wall of Wally
Kathryn Rathke takes part in the Wall of Wally project.
A Wall of Wally
T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot
Kathryn Rathke produces an intense portrait of T.S. Eliot for The Guardian Review cover.
T.S. Eliot
World Cup Nicknames
World Cup Nicknames
World Cup Nicknames
All about Rathke
All about Rathke
All about Rathke
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