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People’s faces light up when they see illustrator Ben Tallon getting messy with a wall mural on location in a retail outlet, at a sporting event or at a product launch. Raw energy and creativity are there before your eyes in living color, expressively applied using brushes, spray cans, marker pens and more.
The authenticity that is key to Ben’s artwork is unveiled through his live event drawing as he helps clients take their audience beyond the sales lines and slogans. The fun and excitement of it generates curiosity and viewers young and old love watching the imagery evolve. It’s inspiring and reminds everyone how good it feels to express yourself.


If the live project is location specific, Ben will scout it out first to identify key points of interest and work out ways of incorporating them into his artwork. He’ll also get an understanding of what his client is looking for and sign off a rough direction, but after that it’s all instinct.


Ben’s dynamism and sense of creative freedom really feed into the performance side of his live event drawing. While it always seems like there’s little room for error when painting live, the paradox is that Ben’s style thrives on imperfections and happy accidents – they’re what make it human and unique.

Client list

Ben has drawn live at the British Embassy in Minsk and G-Star Raw outlets around the country, as well as for clients including Landmark, The Premier League, Two Up Digital and Havas Lynx.
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Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Self-Promotion
Dionne Kitching meets with podcast host Ben Tallon to chat through the issues of self-promotion.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Playground Design
Ben Tallon meets Carma Masson of Playground Design for Episode 143 of his creative innovation podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creating Environments
Ben Tallon hosts a live interview with illustrator, art-director and animator, Anna Hollinrake at the D&AD New Blood Festival.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: The Inner Voice
Ben Tallon talks to Kev House who shares his own story of overcoming personal adversity.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sean Thomas of JKR Global
Sean Thomas, Executive Creative Director of Jones Knowles Ritchie joins Ben Tallon for Episode 139.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Youth, Young People and Creativity
Kerry O'Brien from the Young Urban Arts Foundation talks to Ben Tallon for Episode 138 of his Creative Innovation Podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Taboo Branding
Ben Tallon chats with Nadja Lossgott; creative partner at AMV BBDO on the role of brands in positive change.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Andy Cotterill
Ben Tallon chats to music photographer Andy Cotterill about his career, celebrity stories & upcoming collaborative exhibition, 'Lend Me Your Ear'.
Lend Me Your Ear
An exciting body of work created by photographer Andrew Cotterill and Illustrator Ben Tallon is exhibiting in London this month.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Ben Crick
Creative Director Ben Crick of Collins; a strategy and brand experience design company, joins Ben Tallon to share his story, from Australia to San Francisco, via New York City.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: O-Street
Ben Tallon meets up with the 'family' at Glasgow/London design agency, O-Street.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Jane Bowyer
Jane Bowyer, designer and illustrator returns to Ben Tallon's show to catch up on the progress of her wonderful and inspiring 'Women In Print' celebration of creative ladies.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Ward Thomas
For an International Women's Day special, Ben Tallon chats to music duo Ward Thomas.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Shaun Ryder
For a special episode of Ben Tallon's creative podcast, your host hangs out with the Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman, Shaun Ryder.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Foilco
Ben Tallon chats all about foil with Matt Hornby of Foilco.
Ben Tallon's SCRAPBOOK
Be inspired by our latest Scrapbook interview with Manchester based artist Ben Tallon.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Shutterstock
Ben Tallon meets with Shutterstock's Robyn Lange to hear about 2019's creative trends.
Red Nose Day Lettering
Ben Tallon is one of the artists commissioned to put their lettering skills to Comic Relief's Come Together campaign.
Lynx Pride
Ben Tallon produces four double page illustrations for healthcare creative agency Havas Lynx.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Size Matters
Ben Tallon has a conversation with one half of Raw Design, Rob Watson.
Guardian Cities
Ben Tallon takes a view of Manchester through his short comic for Guardian's Illustrated Cities series.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Studio Sutherland
Jim Sutherland takes time out of his studio to chat to Ben Tallon for Episode 127 of the creative podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Tash Willcocks
Ben Tallon meets up with the energetic and creative Tash Willcocks.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Laura Greenan
Ben Tallon chats to Laura Greenan about leaving employment and starting out fresh as an illustrator.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Behaviour Design
Ben Tallon is joined by behaviour psychologist and founder of BehaviourStudio Lauren Kelly
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Selling Virtues
Ben Tallon chats to Micah Purnell about an ethical approach to global advertising.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Change
Clara Mulligan from Anomaly London shares her passion for creative leadership with podcast host Ben Tallon.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Nate Agbetu
Ben Tallon chats to Nate Agbetu and D&AD President Steve Vrankis on the success of New Blood's SHIFT program.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Animation, Film and Video Production with Flow
Ben Tallon is joined by founder and Creative Director of Flow.
Artist in Residency at WF Central.
Ben Tallon spends five days as Artist in Residence at Beijing's premium lifestyle retail centre.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Weird World Cup
Ben Tallon joins Gordon Reid of Middleboop and Callum Stephenson to discuss the 'Weird World Cup' project.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: GDPR
Ben Tallon talks GDPR for freelancers with Silvia Baumgart.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: LJB Studio
In the debut Arrest All Mimics video podcast & in collaboration with Jake Powell Videography, Ben Tallon is joined by Design Giving Magazine founder LJB Studio's Laura Boast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Art in Manufacturing
Ben Tallon joins Nicola Ellis in the first of a three part special on Art in Manufacturing with the National Festival of Making.
Shortlisted for the WIA Awards 2018!
Ben Tallon's 'Dr. Martens Stand For Something' boot collaboration is shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Studio DBD
The Founder of Studio DBD joins Ben Tallon to discuss his journey as a graphic designer, art director and creative director.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Typographic Specimens
Ben Tallon meets lecturer A. W. Bainbridge who talks about his unconventional ancestor and a fascination with typography.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Jack Renwick Studio
Ben Tallon talks to Jack Renwick Studio; an independent branding and design agency in London.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Charles Williams
Charles Williams takes Ben Tallon into his geometric, isometric, 3D surreal type and illustration playground.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Malcolm Garrett
Ben Tallon has an exclusive conversation with iconic graphic designer Malcolm Garrett as part of the rare X series of unplanned episodes.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Owen Harvey
Ben Tallon meets with Owen Harvey to talk about identity and passion.
We Come Apart
The front cover of Bloomsbury's 'We Come Apart' is illustrated by Ben Tallon.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Gail Armstrong
Ben Tallon visits the London studio of paper sculptress Gail Armstrong.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sharm Murugiah
Ben Tallon is joined by London based illustrator Sharm Murugiah.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creative Boom
Ben Tallon meets with Katy Cowan; the founder of online Magazine Creative Boom.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Escaping Wars and Waves
In part 2 of Ben Tallon's podcast with Olivier Kugler, he tells us about his new book - Escaping Wars and Waves.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Olivier Kugler
Ben Tallon reaches Episode 100 of his creative podcast and enjoys the company of Olivier Kugler.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Art & Crime
Gary Mansfield talks to Ben Tallon about his time in prison and his love affair with art.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Following the Heart
Ben Tallon talks with artist Sarah Peters about her unplanned path.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Graham Wood
Tomato's Graham Wood spends some time with Ben Tallon to chat about his creative journey.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Hand Lettering & Book Covers
Ben Tallon meets Kate Forrester to discover more about her skills in hand lettering.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Changing Disciplines
Jay Taylor joins podcast host Ben Tallon to discuss his change in creative direction.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Typography & Letterpress
Ben Tallon joins typographer, graphic designer and image maker, Kim Vousden.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Maximising YOU
Ben Tallon chats with personal impact specialist Jodi Goldman.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Ben Rothery
Ben Tallon talks to Ben Rothery about the unveiling of his stunning new collection of illustrations for The Natural History Museum.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast Live: Brian Grimwood
The first ever, sold out live edition of Arrest All Mimics, presented by The Association Of Illustrators in Shoreditch is here!
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Craig Black
Craig Black takes Ben Tallon on his journey from working full time in a design role to building his own creative business.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Marion Deuchars
Ben Tallon interviews one of our illustration industry's leaders; Marion Deuchars.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Ste Johnson
Ste Johnson shares his fashion illustration journey when he chats with Ben Tallon.
The Bartender's Malt
Ben Tallon works with White Label Agency and their client Auchentoshan on illustrations and lettering for two promo videos.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Art & Dreams
Artist Clare Dudeney joins Ben Tallon to discuss the themes of dreams in art.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Eye Magazine
Ben Tallon chats with the editor and art director of Eye Magazine to discuss its success.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Illustrated Books
In part two of the creative books special episode, Ben Tallon meets Nina Chakrabarti.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creative Publishing
Ben Tallon speaks to Laurence King & Elizabeth Jenner about creative publishing.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creative Review
Ben Tallon speaks to editor Patrick Burgoyne about the future of Creative Review
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Staying Creative
Ben Tallon journeys to New York where he chats with Kyla Paolucci about staying creative whilst in a full time job.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creative Excellence & Awards
Ben Tallon meets with the co-founder of brand identity design firm Turner Duckworth and 2016/17 D&AD president Bruce Duckworth.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Rebecca Hendin
Ben Tallon meets with Rebecca Hendin; the in-house illustrator for Buzzfeed.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Do You Need to go to Uni?
Ben Tallon chats to the SHIFT team about their program to help creatives without a degree or experience.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Neil Bennett
Ben Tallon has a creative conversation with Digital Arts editor Neil Bennett.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Annie Atkins
Ben Tallon chats to Annie Atkins - graphic designer for film.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: DixonBaxi
Ben Tallon talks to brand and creative agency DixonBaxi.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Claudine O'Sullivan
Ben Tallon talks to Claudine O'Sullivan; a category winner of the World Illustration Awards 2017.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sir John Hegarty
For the 75th Episode of the creative podcast Ben Tallon chats to Sir John Hegarty.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Graduate Advice
Ben Tallon meets with Artsthread's Katie Dominy to talk about their graduate platform.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Character Development
Author and artist Karen McLeod joins Ben Tallon to talk about her alter ego Barbara Brownskirt.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Andy Council
Ben Tallon meets with multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator Andy Council.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Reportage Illustration
Lucinda Rogers joins Ben Tallon to chat about her location drawing career.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Stephen Bliss
Ben Tallon talks to illustrator and artist Stephen Bliss on his life before and after a move to America to take on a job with Rockstar Games.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creative Roles in Film
David Cohen, film director joins Ben Tallon to take him through The Lost Sands, his finalist movie in the Sci-fi London 48-hour film competition.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sandra Dieckmann & her debut children's book.
By popular demand, Illustrator Sandra Dieckmann returns to talk to Ben Tallon about her debut children's book, Leaf.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Changing Disciplines
Angela Morris-Winmill joins Ben Tallon to discuss learning new skills and taking chances.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Photographing Arsenal Football Club.
Ben Tallon talks to self-taught football photographer Pricey.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Welcome to the Creative Industry
Ben Tallon chats to Hazel Mead about the transition from student to professional.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Film & TV with Paul Shipper
The creative podcast continues with Ben Tallon chatting to Paul Shipper about his film art.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Slayzytown
Ben Tallon meets the Street Artist to experience a small part of his creative world.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Smartup Visuals
Turning words into illustrated stories is literally an art for the trio of Kristina, Lina and Karina who join Ben Tallon to share their inspiring story.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Stanley Chow
Stanley Chow chats to Ben Tallon about his immediately recognisable digital portraits.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Children's Books and Storytelling
Ben Tallon meets with Kerry Hyndman to talk about her career and shortlisted work for Faber & Faber.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Part 2 - Mental Health & Creativity
In the second part of the mental health and creativity special, Ben Tallon talks to a range of people in the arts about what their creativity provides on a more human level.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Part 1 - Mental Health & Creativity
Ben Tallon talks to a variety of creatives about using their talent to deal with mental health.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: A Creative Chameleon
Ben Tallon talks to Willkay Oddking about the versatility and diversity of his work.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: What Katie Drew
Ben Tallon gets a feel of the mind behind What Katie Drew in the latest AAM Podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Portrait Art
Ben Tallon discusses everything about making a portrait with Beka Smith on Episode 55 of the creative podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Age of Design
Ben Tallon talks to the Design Week editor Tom Banks about design led businesses.
This spirited artwork for Aurelio Martinez's 30th anniversary album 'Darandi' has been created by Ben Tallon.
Man City Vs Spurs
Ben Tallon provides lively and graphic artwork for the Premier League's TV Promos.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Lisa Maltby
Ben Tallon finds out how Lisa Maltby uses adverse experiences to fuel creative ideas.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Setting up a Studio
Ben Tallon meets with Dan Spain of Rabble to discuss the challenges and opportunities of opening a studio space.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Alternative Card Designs
Ben Tallon talks to Lauren Goodland about Dorkfeatures; her greeting cards range.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - The Modern Portfolio
Ben Tallon meets with Nick Chubb to discuss multi-platform self-promotion.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Kerry Lemon
Ben Tallon discovers the drive and ambition behind Kerry Lemon's creative success.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: La Boca
Ben Tallon talks Penguin Books and Sci-Fi with La Boca Studio.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Ken Garland
Ben Tallon talks to the well respected designer; Ken Garland.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Future Design
Episode 45 is here! Ben Tallon shares a conversation with V&A's Mariana Pestana.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: the Association of Illustrators
Ben Tallon meets with the AOI team to discuss the illustration industry.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Winning at the Internet
Ben Tallon talks to Heart Internet's Nick Leech about whether we use the internet effectively in our creative lives.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Colour Psychology
Ben Tallon meets Justine Fox; a colour psychologist and professional colour consultant.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Pen & Ink
Rohan Eason; a master of the black & white line, chats to Ben Tallon about his journey with creativity.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Drawing on the Train
Ben Tallon jumps on a train with Liz Atkin and witnesses her live action sketches.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Creative Style Vs Versatility
London based graphic designer, art director and illustrator Gordon Reid (Middle Boop), joins Ben Tallon to discuss the dual sciences of specialist creative style and versatility.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Designers Block
Ben Tallon is joined by Designers Block ahead of their events at the 2016 London Design Festival.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Miss Led Returns
One year on from her first appearance on Arrest All Mimics, Miss Led talks again to Ben Tallon.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Kingsley Nebuchi
Ben Tallon is joined by the illustrator and designer to discuss the release of his debut artist book, the wonderful post-apocalyptic illustrated 'Tribe Hunters'.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Inspiring women with Jane Bowyer
Ben Tallon chats with Jane about celebrating inspiring women through creativity in her recent exhibition, 'Women In Print.'
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: 10 year old freelancer Liam Gall
Ben Tallon spent some time chatting to young freelancer Liam about illustration and life as a primary school freelancer.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Live Illustration London
Ben Tallon talks to Live Illustration London about the launch of their new collective
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Graduation
Ben Tallon makes a graduation special - talking to a variety of students and lecturers on their fears, hopes and dreams!
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Seaside Creative Regeneration
Ben Tallon travels to the English coast and chats to the artists involved in regenerating the area.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Peter O'Toole
Designer & Illustrator Peter O'Toole gives an honest account of his career as he talks to Ben Tallon in Episode 30 of the fabulous podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Adrian Shaughnessy
The legendary designer chats to Ben Tallon in Episode 29 of the creative arts podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: With Shaz from Addatif
Shaz joins Ben Tallon to discuss her creative workshops at youth centres, Ravensbourne College, National Art & Design Saturday Club and her upcoming workshop, 'Inclusion.'
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - The Creative Introvert
Ben Tallon meets with Cat Rose - founder of The Creative Introvert platform.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: With Rod Hunt
Episode 26 of the popular creative podcast sees Ben Tallon chat with one of the Kings of illustration; Rod Hunt.
Lend Me Your Ear
Ben Tallon feels the spirit of the festival season with this collaborative project.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Human After All
Ben Tallon chats with 'Human After All' - a creative agency with a strong and forward thinking creative identity.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - The Bear Who Stared
Ben Tallon talks to Duncan Beedie about his latest book The Bear Who Stared.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Crafty Fox
Ben Tallon talks to Sinead Koehler; founder of the Crafty Fox Market.
Ben Tallon art directs, designs and creates the artwork for Hyena Kill's debut album.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: A Music Special
Ben Tallon invites Manchester based hard-rock two piece The Hyena Kill and electronic musician, producer and DJ, Dirty Freud over a two-part special on creative identity in new music.
A Left-Handed England Squad
Ben Tallon takes time to loosen up his drawing with some lively left-handed portraits of the possible Euro 2016 squad.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - Caroline Hands
In Episode 21, Caroline takes Ben Tallon through a fascinating career as an artist & painter in China, London, rural England and many other places.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast - D&AD
At the recent 2016 D&AD festival, Ben Tallon talks to it's president Andy Sandoz.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Mark Ashmore
Ben Tallon meets with head of Future Artists, Mark Ashmore in Episode 18 of AAM.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: A Career in Fashion
Ben Tallon enjoys the company of Jacqueline Bissett and Victoria Pearce in Episode 17 of the popular podcast.
Reebok History
Ben Tallon paints live at an exhibition celebrating the history of the Reebok Classic shoe.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: When Saturday Comes
Episode 16 is live! Listen to Ben Tallon talk to the Art Editor of one of Britain's best loved football magazines.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Marius Bugge
Ben Tallon meets New York photographer Marius Bugge in Episode 15 of the Arrest All Mimics podcast.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Eden Orfanos
In Episode 14 of AAM, Ben Tallon talks with Eden Orfanos about her work in Hollywood as a make-up artist and her journey into Art Therapy.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Angus Montgomery
Episode 13 of the creative podcast sees Ben Tallon talk to Design Week Editor Angus Montgomery.
Arrest All Mimics Podcast: Sarah Beetson
In episode 12 of the Arrest All Mimics podcast, Ben Tallon talks to the Rainbow Crusader - Sarah Beetson.
Creative Agency of the Year!
A well deserved award for Ben Tallon as he takes home the Creative Agency of the Year title from Dot London's small business awards.
AAM: Ray Richardson
Ben Tallon talks to Ray Richardson - 'the Martin Scorsese of painting.'
Cheers & Jeers
Ben Tallon applies his lettering skills to the TV Guide's front cover.
AAM: David Woods of Humm Media
Ben Tallon's latest guest on Arrest All Mimics is David Woods whose work as an editor in publishing and editorial led him to become one half of Humm Media.
AAM: Sandra Dieckmann
In the latest Arrest All Mimics podcast, Ben Tallon joins German artist, illustrator and maker, Sandra Dieckmann at her fantastic 'Mama Wolf' studio and shop to talk about her popular nature inspired artworks.
AAM: Don Letts
Ben Tallon meets up with cult figure Don Letts.
AAM: It Felt Right
The latest guest on our Arrest All Mimics podcast is Brooklyn based graphic designer, illustrator and production designer, Kyla Paolucci.
Win, Lose, Draw
Ben Tallon will be exhibiting sport themed artworks in support of the Willow Foundation at the end of November.
Arrest All Mimics
Ben Tallon has teamed up with Illustration Ltd to launch a brand new arts podcast, 'Arrest All Mimics.'
The World at his Feet
Ben Tallon creates three illustrations for Jazeera Airways in-flight Magazine.
Two Queens
Ben Tallon creates portraits of past and present Queens for Reader's Digest.
Illustrator Profile - Ben Tallon
Ben Tallon is a mixed-media creative drawing with energetic lines.
Life as a Creative

Coffee Culture
Escapism Magazine features a double page spread by Ben Tallon.
Man City V Arsenal
Champagne and Wax Crayons
New Talent Profile - Tallon Type
Have a look at Tallon Type; a fresh portfolio of hand-painted lettering.
The Crafty Pig
Brazilian Sounds
Britain's Most Stylish
Tea with Ken Garland