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Mike Hughes

With line work reminiscent of a fine graphic novel, energetic colouring and imaginative visual storytelling in each image he produces, Mike Hughes has a talent for capturing the chaos and nuance of modern life. Based in Edinburgh, he’s built a reputation among top drawer art directors because of his ability to reflect his client’s vision while bringing his own individuality to each project he tackles.
After graduating with first class honours in Painting from Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Mike began his journey as a freelance illustrator over a decade ago and thanks to his experience in the industry displays an excellent understanding of how creative projects work across advertising, publishing, editorial and more. His creative influences go all the way back to his upbringing in Northern Scotland in the 1990s – skateboarding, snowboarding, Akira, Tank Girl, Alien, Castle in the Sky and Tomb Raider have all inspired him.

Approach

Mike works fully digitally, but draws by hand on his tablet, taking care to research each image thoroughly and giving it an authentic, natural feel.

Style

Because of his clean and proficient line work, people say Mike has a refined comic book style. However, his bright colour palette, the action and energy of his compositions and the detail he adds mean that each illustration grabs the viewer and holds their attention.

Client list

Mike’s clients include Dr Martens, the BBC, Adidas, Vice, Noisey, Campaign Magazine, Shortlist Magazine, Soccer Bible, High Snobiety, The Skinny, Pinkbike, Brewdog and more.
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Booked
'Booked: A Traveler's Guide To Literary Locations Around The World' is packed with the map work of Mike Hall.
Atlas of Design
Mike Hall's detailed map of Spain is chosen to appear in the prestigious Atlas of Design
Two Maps for Ecco
Mike Hall creates two exquisite maps for two quite different books commissioned by the HarperCollins imprint Ecco.
Butlins Resorts
Clear and crisp map illustrations by Mike Hall are commissioned for a visitors app.
London Map for John Le Carré
Mike Hall creates an illustrated map for John Le Carré's latest spy novel.
The Long Drop
Barcelona based illustrator Mike Hall recently completed these intricate maps for new novel The Long Drop.
The London Zodiac
Mike Hall is a contributing illustrator to 'Curiocity: In Pursuit of London'.
Countryfile Live
Mike Hall is commissioned by SME London to produce a map of the Countryfile Festival.
Olympic Park
Festival of Speed
We Built this City
These four prints by Mike Hall can be bought from the pop-up shop 'We Built This City'.
Illustrator Profile - Mike Hall
Mike Hall is an illustrator of maps, architecture and crowded urban scenes.
Geomob
Mike Hall is a guest speaker at this week's Geomob event.
Bespoke Cocktails
Mike Hall draws three illustrations for Hot Rum Cow; a drinks magazine designed and published by the Edinburgh-based agency White Light Media.
We Built This City
CAF's Street Party
Make Architects
Master of detail Mike Hall completes ten architectural drawings for Make Architects.
Super Bowl Map
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