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Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer - Traditional painterly illustrator. UK

British illustrator Ruth Palmer has a colourful, painterly style that immediately draws the eye, and her work’s traditional feel makes it ideal in editorial, packaging and children’s books projects. There’s a sense of adventure and narrative in everything she paints, often with a 1950s feel to catch the imagination.
After living and working in London for many years, today she enjoys a quieter life in Devon, where a barn building has become her studio. Among her influences are late-Victorian artists like James Guthrie, John Lavery, EA Walton, Stanhope Forbes and Elizabeth Forbes. She most admires representational paintings that capture light and atmosphere, like the work of children’s illustrator Stacey Schuett. Ruth has a diploma in Illustration from Harrow Art College.

Approach

Ruth approaches each new job with an aim to fulfil the brief as closely as possible and will select the medium she works in accordingly. She blocks out a composition instinctively, then plays about with traced sketches in Photoshop to get it right.

Style

Light and colour come to the fore in many of Ruth’s pieces, which have a classical painterly feel to them. The style often depends on the media she uses, which could be pen and ink, watercolour, gouache, Photoshop or alkyds.

Client list

Ruth has been commissioned by clients including Penguin, Warne, Telegraph Magazine, Quercus books, Sky, NFU Countryside, Hachette, Marks and Spencer, Readers Digest and KPM.
Editorial illustration of the cacao plant
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Hand drawing of family on picnic
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Firefighters extinguish a forest fire poster
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Gouache book club illustration
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Sketchy representation of a sailing ship
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Editorial illustration of Christmas during Covid pandemic
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Pastiche illustration of Family watching the match on tv
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Bunch of Lemons
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Sansburys Gouache illustration santa and sleigh
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The Telegraph Magazine cover about Church can survive Covid
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Joint London commission Ruth's to create retro portraits for Dave's Crackanory
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Advertising illustration of Marmite Peanut butter
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Article about pigeon shooting from Shooting Times & Sporting Gun
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Monarch Mysteries children book cover
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Jersey Stamps Gouache illustration Jersey Stamps
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Watercolor portrait for crackanory series
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A vintage rendering of a fireside scene
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Mr Meridew gouche illustration
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Book cover design of best of Jennings
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Book cover of the best of john buchan
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watercolor art of peter rabbit in watering can
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Oil painting of a Viking ship at sea
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Old Danish carving viking period
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Painting art of middle Ages Armor with shield
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Acrylic art of Viking sun compass
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Executive women potrait
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Man sitting in a chair
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Women sitting with book
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Potrait of old man in chair
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Christmas stamp artwork
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Majestic relics of seafaring
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