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John Holder

John Holder - International classic character illustrator. Cambridge.

Cambs, UK
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.
John Holder's SCRAPBOOK
John Holder's SCRAPBOOK
We ask veteran illustrator John Holder about his impressive career.
John Holder's SCRAPBOOK
A Country Christmas
A Country Christmas
Country Life Magazine commission some very British festive illustrations from John Holder for their double Christmas Issue.
A Country Christmas
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Country Life magazine conduct a national competition to find the naughtiest dog and commission John Holder to illustrate the finalists.
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Advice for the Shop Owner
Advice for the Shop Owner
John Holder builds up a wealth of illustrations for Convenience Store Magazine's legal advice column.
Advice for the Shop Owner
Christmas Games
Christmas Games
John Holder illustrates for the Christmas issue of Country Life magazine.
Christmas Games
Pigs Might Fly
Pigs Might Fly
John Holder created his latest illustration for iconic Cambridge music venue the Flying Pig
Pigs Might Fly
It's a Dog's Life
It's a Dog's Life
John Holder illustrates for Country Life in his traditional and humorous style
It's a Dog's Life
Crossing the Delaware
Crossing the Delaware
John Holder illustrates a historic journey for Henson in California.
Crossing the Delaware
Tunbridge Wells Development
Tunbridge Wells Development
John Holder brings historical subjects to life for a development project with Smith Dawson Ltd.
Tunbridge Wells Development
Same Sexism, Different Century
Same Sexism, Different Century
John Holder works on some poignant posters for an ad campaign devised by Now's Associate Creative Director Sarah Levitt.
Same Sexism, Different Century
Cajun Diner
Cajun Diner
Renaissance Publishing commission John Holder for a travel themed artwork for their Deep South travel magazine.
Cajun Diner
Angling Disasters
Angling Disasters
Quiller Publishing use John Holder's traditional skills for a book cover on fishy disasters.
Angling Disasters
Decluttering
Decluttering
Country Life Magazine commission John Holder for an entertaining family-scene illustration.
Decluttering
De-Feathering the Nest
De-Feathering the Nest
Country Life Magazine use the art of John Holder for a feature on family clutter.
De-Feathering the Nest
Awful Animals
Awful Animals
John Holder is the artist behind the unique 'An Alphabet of Awful Animals for Adults'.
Awful Animals
The Authorised Documentary: John Holder
The Authorised Documentary: John Holder
Watch this warm and light-hearted film about John Holder - Drawer, Guitar Picker, Lecturer, Vintage Cyclist and Chainsaw Maniac!
The Authorised Documentary: John Holder
Holder Bites the Bullet
Holder Bites the Bullet
Holder Bites the Bullet
The School Nativity
The School Nativity
The School Nativity
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Lincolnshire Frolics
Lincolnshire Frolics
Lincolnshire Frolics