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John Holder

John Holder - International classic character illustrator. Cambridge.

British illustrator John Holder works in the classic tradition of humorous illustration dating back to Victorian times. Giving contemporary topics a vintage twist is John’s specialty and that’s why leading newspapers, magazines, ad agencies and big brands turn to this vastly experienced artist.
John loves old stuff in general – guitars, watches, bikes and more – and lives in a 17th century home which also houses his studio. A sense of heritage informs his style, and in 2012 he put together a book called GOD – Good Old Drawing, featuring the work of 100 like-minded creatives.

Approach

The authenticity of John’s work extends right down to the tip of his 19th century drawing nibs, and he colours his work his using watercolours.

Style

Funny characters in a classic style are John’s domain, with soft colour palettes and strong compositions, often with plenty of detail and a touch of cheekiness.

Client list

John works for an array of clients including The Sunday Times, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Ladybird, Oxford University Press, Saatchi & Saatchi, The BBC, Macmillan, The National Trust, The Guardian and The New York Times.
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Paper art of A Sneer of Butlers
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Cartoon illustration of A Pratful of Clowns
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A Psalter of Popes storybook painting
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Watercolor drawing of A Goring of Butchers
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Character design of A Sentence of Judges
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Europe Clown character design
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Paper art of Devil Chair
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Paper art of girl throwing phone
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Watercolor illustration of devil shout on women
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