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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.
Murder Mystery
Murder Mystery
Ruth Palmer illustrates for Octopus Books on their release of 'Could You Survive Midsomer?'
Murder Mystery
The Church & Covid
The Church & Covid
Ruth Palmer illustrates a feature for the Telegraph Magazine asking whether the Church can survive Covid.
The Church & Covid
Festive Checklist
Festive Checklist
Working for the Saturday Telegraph, Ruth Palmer creates some festive scenes for a Christmas feature.
Festive Checklist
Storybook Summer
Storybook Summer
Ruth Palmer creates these feel good illustrations for The Stylist Magazine
Storybook Summer
How to have an Enid Blyton Summer
How to have an Enid Blyton Summer
Ruth Palmer reminds us all how to have a jolly good summer with this cover and three interior illustrations for The Telegraph magazine
How to have an Enid Blyton Summer
All Hail The Healthcare Heroes
All Hail The Healthcare Heroes
Stella Magazine commission Ruth Palmer to create their first ever illustrated cover.
All Hail The Healthcare Heroes
A Seasonal Tin for Sainsbury's
A Seasonal Tin for Sainsbury's
Ruth Palmer works with Fab Design on a Santa themed illustration for Sainsbury's Supermarkets.
A Seasonal Tin for Sainsbury's
Book Clubs
Book Clubs
You Magazine feature an illustration by Ruth Palmer on the comical nature of book clubs.
Book Clubs
Summer Survival
Summer Survival
Grab the Saturday Telegraph's survival guide to the Summer Holidays illustrated by Ruth Palmer.
Summer Survival
Killer in My Village
Killer in My Village
Ruth Palmer paints murderous scenarios for a Pick Channel TV series.
Killer in My Village
A Traditional Christmas
A Traditional Christmas
Ruth Palmer creates a set of nostalgic seasonal stamps for Jersey Post.
A Traditional Christmas
Climate Change
Climate Change
Ruth Palmer illustrates for one of Ladybird Books' Expert series.
Climate Change
The Wolf at the Door
The Wolf at the Door
Prince Charles talks of Climate Change in a new Ladybird book - reported by The Telegraph and illustrated by Ruth Palmer.
The Wolf at the Door
INSIDE OUT: Enid Blyton for Grown-ups
INSIDE OUT: Enid Blyton for Grown-ups
How Ruth Palmer illustrated five fresh covers depicting the Famous Five as adults, for the new series of books by Bruno Vincent
INSIDE OUT: Enid Blyton for Grown-ups
Norse Campaign
Norse Campaign
Ruth Palmer brings alive Norse's latest campaign with these classic images
Norse Campaign
Illustrator Profile - Ruth Palmer
Illustrator Profile - Ruth Palmer
Ruth Palmer's  painterly illustrations are influenced by late-Victorian artists.
Illustrator Profile - Ruth Palmer
Aplets and Coplets
Aplets and Coplets
Ruth Palmer paints a 'spirit of the season' box of treats.
Aplets and Coplets
Crackanory
Crackanory
Crackanory
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