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Willie Ryan

Willie Ryan - East Sussex, UK based illustrator

At 10 years of age, Willie Ryan had a conversation with a friend at school and decided that it would be a good idea to become a commercial artist. So he drew his way through school and eventually ended up living in Hastings with a view of the sea and a career as an illustrator. Besides drawing his bold graphical images, he loves playing guitar and has ambitions to record something and play live. He lives with his twin children who also play instruments, and his artist influences include Hergé, William Heath Robinson, Aubrey Beardsley, Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell. Willie’s future ambition is to sofa surf in Nashville, Tennessee.

Training

Willie has a BA in Graphics and Illustration from Central Saint Martins in London.

Approach

To begin with, he scribbles down words and basic doodles on lined paper, often using the web to find reference images of people if any appear in the picture. Sometimes he’ll also take reference photos. He then creates roughs using ink and scans them in to be traced in Illustrator to create a vector drawing that he can tweak, scale and resize until the illustration is perfect.

Styles

Willie’s images are simple, graphic and minimal, with a limited palette of strong, flat colours. He works in two styles. For one, he creates bold emblems and icons using line work or flat, contrasting colours. The other is more figurative with a diagrammatic or instruction book feel to it plus, of course, a touch of humour.

Client list

The BBC The Economist Ford UK The Guardian Heinemann The Independent Lloyds Bank Chase Manhattan Oxford University Press Pan Macmillan Quirk Books Random House The Telegraph USA Today Volkswagen London Zoo Friends of the Earth Vauxhall/Opel Fruit of The Loom
Infographic illustration of Nike Homage
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Copenhagen poster illustration for Martel Print U.K
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OAP Survival Kit illustration for a lady of leisure.
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Avatar emoticon faces for fantasy football site
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College girl things graphic design
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Infographic Clickable web buttons design
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Surreal interior lifestyle illustration
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Smart car packing Infographic icon
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Infographic illustration of Chevrolet Gleam
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waitrose infographic Desk Exercies
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Vector graphic Playmobil Attack
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Inner ear graphic illustration
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Festival survival kit vector graphic
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Infographic illustration of CEO Swiss Army Knife
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Line drawing of clothes
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airport, bar, wine, tasting, departure, lounge, traveller, travel
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student stuff lifestyle cartoon graphic
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Black and white illustration of Magic Hands
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Commuting By Umbrella business graphic
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Square meal satirical vector office party graphic
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Christmas Office Party Illustration By Willie Ryan
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Info-graphic diagram about dog essentials
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Office party kissing illustration for Research magazine
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changing diaper of a baby illustration
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How to wear suit humorous info-graphic diagrams
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satirical vector Square meal  office party retch
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Infographic diagram of flight instructions
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Aerial view of office seating vector illustration
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House and Garden Couple in Kitchen Digital vector
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Magic Hands Coin Trick Vector Graphic
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Holland and Barrett Ju Jitsu Vector graphic
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Man and woman playing office party games
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hand pushing lego toy Conceptual vector
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Line drawing of human body parts
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Police portrait digital vector communication
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Evolution of the mobile phone vector art
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Children's book illustration of animal masks
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Illustration of bad stickman situation
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Food and drink soda can
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Vector illustration of different model cars
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Vector art of people workout in gym
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Banker Diagram Business CGI
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Stickman and Bear Vector icon
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Vector infographics of first aid instructions
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Thanks for these -Bang on target!!! The client is super exited, and the signs are being produced stateside as we speak!
Garry Martin, Fracture Clinic
Beautiful images Willie. Really very nice indeed.
Matt Inwood, Absolute Press
On them now! You are a celeb. Best illos ever! Brilliant! Stunners as always!
Dave Kelsall , The Week Junior
Thanks Willie! It looks great, really varied and interesting so that you want to flick the whole way through! I've just heard that ‘When in Rome’ has nearly sold out and we're already looking at when we can reprint it, so I thought I'd share the good news with you!!
Claire Marshall, Anova Books
Willie consistently applies his incisive wit and fine line to all challenges. Over the years, for every commission, it has been a delight to see what he comes up with.
Robert, Lucy or Robert
Willy!... your new site is F@@KING BRILLIANT!!!!! So clever, stylish and bloody funny....particularly like Miss Piggy's personal trainer!!! Seriously brilliant You must send it out to everyone on planet earth!!!
Jonathan Whitelocke , Holland and Barrett mag
You're a pleasure to work with. I hope I will be able to pass you onto other folks as well.
Richard Eisermann, Prospect Design
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