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Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer - Devon, United Kingdom based illustrator

Ruth Palmer lived and worked in London for many years, feeding imagery to the voracious advertising and publishing industries. Today she lives in Devon, preferring a quieter life with her family, and works in an old barn building. During her down time she enjoys Masterchef, her garden and growing her own vegetables. Ruth is a qualified pilot and once shared the cost of a plane with two friends. They could fly from London to Paris for lunch, if they wanted to. Her creative influences are diverse but she loves late-Victorian artists the most – particularly 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.

Training

Ruth went to Harrow Art College to do a foundation year, followed by a three-year diploma in Illustration.

Approach

Ruth approaches to each new job with an aim to fulfill 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.

Styles

Working for many years in advertising and design, Ruth has learned to use a wide variety of media, and learned them well. She used pen and watercolours for the Beatrix Potter books she illustrated, for instance, but will equally use Photoshop for other children’s titles. She recommends watercolour and line for educational briefs, gouache for some publishing jobs, and acrylic for larger, more painterly projects. When possible, she loves to use alkyds – fast-drying oils which are delightful to use. Light and colour come to the fore in many of her pieces, and often her work has a classical painterly feel to it. The hand of the artist is very much in evidence.

Client list

Macmillan Warne Ladybird Jump Unilever Dalmatian Press
Health Telegraph Magazine Cover
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Gouache book club illustration
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marmite peanut butter
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covid cloud
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Covid Christmas
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magazine illustration
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The match
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Mr Meridew gouche illustration
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Monarch Mysteries children book cover
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Father Brown xmas card
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Sansburys Gouache illustration santa and sleigh
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Jersey Stamps Gouache illustration Jersey Stamps
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Watercolor portrait for crackanory series
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retro portraits for Dave's Crackanory
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Family is playing board game together illustration
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Linney Party clean up scens for video
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Linney xmas scens for video
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Book cover design of best of Jennings
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Clipart of a pasture
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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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viking ship on ocean oil painting
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Old Danish carving viking period
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Painting Art of Middle Ages Armor with shields
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illustration of viking sun compass
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christmas tree in snow illustration by ruth palmer
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illustration of gifts around the christmas tree
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pencil art of man driving bicycle
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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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Angels with new born
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Trials of Salem witch
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pencil artwork of old sailing ships
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Family in the farm
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Women writing a letter
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Abigail adams pastiche art
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Bunch of Lemons
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Mango Mural art
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Illustration of Tomatoes and basil
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Rasberry mural art
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Illustration of cleaning up by Ruth Palmer
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Family working pictograph
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Kids bullying youngster
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Having contacted the agency in need of front cover artwork with a short deadline, I was very impressed with the quick response. Any potential problems with the brief were ironed out at an early stage. Ruth was very attentive and understood the subtleties involved in this kind of work and she was able to adapt as the brief was amended shortly afterwards. The rough was an accurate rendition which helped focus everyone's attention and the final artwork was of a high quality and delivered ahead of schedule, Thank you both!
Jason Morris, The Telegraph
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