Champagne and Wax Crayons

Check out the latest work, ideas and activities of our worldwide stable of illustrators


Animal Talk
Orlando Magazine write on the origins of 'animal phrases' with the help of Tim Bradford's fun illustrations.
Local Liquors
Victoria Skovran draws for November's Wine Enthusiast Magazine for a feature on local drinks and their flavours.
A Journey into Fashion Illustration
Jacqueline Bissett will be talking about her career at the CTN Expo in California this month!
The Critic Portraits
Vanessa Dell paints portraits for new opinion magazine The Critic.
Money Matters
Gail Armstrong works for the current issue of Focus On The Family Magazine on their feature, 'Do your adult kids really NEED your money?'
Tāmaki Makaurau Roadmap
Greg Straight creates an engaging roadmap illustration for International company Arup.
Trotha in Paris
Swiss Watchmakers Trotha open a store in Paris which is captured for their website by Alyana Cazalet.
GQ Magazine commission Mike Hughes for a psychedelic illustration on the power of Microdosing.
Business with China
AdAge ask Tim Bradford for an illustration showing US and China trade tensions.
WWD Portraits
Dena Cooper creates portraits for WWD's CEO Summit Honors Awards.
Thanksgiving Tips
Juliette Toma illustrates for Eater on three Thanksgiving articles designed to help and inspire.
Live Art for Chloe's L'eau
Veronica Collignon collaborates with MKG Creative Agency and Chloe for the launch of its new fragrance L'eau.
Can you Spot?
Daniel Sulzberg illustrates Bookoli's new kids' book - Can you Spot? Monster Mayhem.
Senlis Fall Collection Launch
Sunny Gu paints guests at a live event organised by Senlis in their flagship Beverly Hills store.
50 Years of Sesame Street
Greg Straight is invited to be part of an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Sesame Street.
Child Safety
The Arizona Department of Child Safety (AZDCS) ask Nathaniel Eckstrom to create a poster conveying their child safety message.
Ways to Pay
Peter Nizic creates stop-motion spots for international payment gateway, UnionPay.
Gruesome Myths
Sue Gent creates three spooky illustrations for Countryfile Magazine's Halloween feature.
Easy Signs
Learning American Sign Language has been made easier with a book illustrated by Natalia Sanabria.
Kraken Rum Co.
Butcher Billy works on a new label for the release of a limited edition Kraken Rum.
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Country Life magazine conduct a national competition to find the naughtiest dog and commission John Holder to illustrate the finalists.
Bellevue Style
Jacqueline Bissett works on a promotional campaign for Seattle's Bellevue Luxury Shopping Mall.
The Apple Book
Rosie Sanders' Apple Book is re-published!
The Talledaga Superspeedway
Donough O'Malley illustrates for Atlanta Magazine's travel and highlights special.
The Secret of Gratitude
Alyssa de Asis creates vibrant artworks for Focus on the Family Magazine for a feature on building character.
The Bentley Book
Juliet Percival designs a new map and timeline for the historic village of Bentley.
Wooden Cities
Henry McCausland illustrates for the New York Times for an opinion piece on the climate crisis.
The Unmumsy Mum
Alyana Cazalet puts her pen to work for Sarah Turner's new book 'The Unmumsy Mum A-Z: An Inexpert Guide to parenting'.
Gary Mayes produces a teaser animation for the publication of Christopher Wylie’s book Mindf*ck.
Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
Liam Brazier's Spiderman artwork is to hang in Disneyland Paris' 'Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel'.
The Barclaycard Arena
Tim Bradford draws a flowing line illustration for the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Inspired to Innovate
Katharine Asher shows a piece of work at 'Inspired to Innovate' - an AOI Exhibition at Hoxton Arches, Hackney.
Worldwide Celebrations!
The IllustrationX team take a moment to celebrate the launch of our new branding and website.
Scrapbook Notebook 13 is Here!
We are super-excited to publish issue 13 in our Scrapbook Notebook series!
Playboy's Joker
Featured in Playboy's 'On Pleasure' issue, Butcher Billy creates a grinning Joker for an article examining the film.
Anthony J Foti works with PHD Media Ireland on an epic illustration for Volkswagen's sponsorship of Ireland's rugby team.
Houston Restaurateurs
Chrissy Lau draws for Houstonia Magazine on a culinary feature.
Young Influencers
Brio Magazine ask Natalia Sanabria to produce an artwork for their article on teenage girls and social media.
Fashion Street
Decue Wu creates a window installation artwork for Shenzhen's new shopping mall.
We Have Changed our Name to IllustrationX
We've added an X to our name to stand for that unique and important extra edge that we bring to all our projects.
Professional Advice
London agent Alice Ball talks at a Circus of Illustration event on the role of an illustrator's agent.
Hop Up & Jump Up
Nathaniel Eckstrom creates a fun-filled illustration for children's magazine Ladybug.
Mezzetta's Regional Recipes
Enya Todd brings a burst of flavour to the packaging of Mezzetta's latest products.
Bank of America Filters
Season of Victory is commissioned by the Bank of America to create Snapchat geofilters.
Miami's Camilla
Helping Camilla to celebrate their MOTHER collection, Veronica Collignon draws fashion portraits of the VIP guests.
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water
Sija Hong paints a spiritied front cover illustration for an upcoming book written by Zen Cho.
The Personal Airbag
Daniel O'Leary develops the artworks for a wearable medical device designed to reduce injuries from falls.
Browse the work of our not loaded illustrators

Champagne and Wax Crayons

'Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the Madness of Creative Freelancing' is the debut book by Illustrator, art-director and designer Ben Tallon.

Due out this Spring, the book is a deeply personal account of starting and surviving as a freelance creative in the arts and learning many lessons along the way. The book covers the journey from graduating from university, setting up a business, to dealing with extreme quiet spells and eventually winning his dream client, WWE.   Ben says "I wanted to write something that picked up where the more instructional books left off. I read Lawrence Zeegan’s Fundamentals of Illustration as advised by my tutors whilst preparing to leave university and it was a big help. It's a great document. But I found very little in the way of answers, or any resources when I hit a brick wall, getting two replies from 100 introductory emails to prospective clients and no work for the first few months. It was only years later, that I realised that it is impossible to teach something like that, because it's such a personal experience. Everyone deals with adversity and triumph in their own way. I set up a blog in 2011 when I hit a six-week spell without work and almost ended up back on benefits after a two year purple patch. I was angry and downhearted and let off some steam through my words. Although it was a very angry rant, I was surprised when many other freelancers got in touch to share their thoughts on my writing, along with their own highs and lows. I really enjoyed chronicling this stuff, so I decided to try my hand writing a book about my experiences. Instead of trying to instruct or advise, I opted to tell my own story in detail. It's not an ego-trip, just a realisation that all those days working at home, sweeping up or popping on a wash load when you should be marketing or the lack of motivation at times… they’re common problems. It's just that the graphic designer down the street might be watching Sky Sports News instead of sweeping up. Everyone in the arts has their own peaks, troughs and inspirations, but there are common truths that emerge from any one story. So I think this book has a place. We all find it a little bit easier when we hear about someone else's story behind the portfolio, or the intimidating client list. The way I ended up working for WWE and Leeds United is completely personal and unique to me, but the stories and laws of the creative world will resonate with other people. It's more about maximizing all those individual quirks and obsessions to find your calling in the arts."

To stay up to date, follow Ben.

ben tallon
artist advice and information
arts and crafts
help and support
champagne and wax crayons