• Fun folk

    Creative, Illustration

  • Crazy creatures

    Creative, Illustration

  • Monsters and Aliens

    Creative, Illustration

  • Amazing mazes, maps and puzzles

    Creative, Illustration, Magazine

  • Wicked wheels

    Creative, Illustration

  • Miscellaneous medley


  • Brilliant buildings


  • it’s a mystery


Illustrator Extraordinaire

I’ve been passionate about drawing for as long as I can remember. As a child a packet of felt tips and a jotter pad would keep me amused for hours. At school I would illustrate everything, whatever the subject. From chemistry diagrams to trigonometry triangles, I would always focus on the pictures. I was born to be an illustrator!

I’ve been freelance for over 15 years now, working for countless clients including Scholastic, Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, Constable and Robinson, Horrible Science Magazine and Girlguiding UK to name but a few.

I am a nature geek and love being outside. So I feel I am perfectly placed, happily living and working in the heart of the Cotswolds in Winchcombe, near Cheltenham.

I specialise in children’s illustration and cartoons. I draw my artwork by hand and then colour it digitally (although I love the opportunity to dust off my watercolours from time to time!). I especially like to draw animals, maps, architecture and vehicles, the more complicated the better!
I also teach beginners drawing, life drawing and like to get out and about doing events and workshops at schools and festivals.

Please get in touch if you’d like to see any more work, to request some sample artwork or if you would like to chat about possible commissions or workshops. I’m always happy to help and would love to hear from you.

Art Classes

Creating art is a great way to stimulate the brain and anyone can do it! My classes are very friendly and relaxed and all materials are included in the cost.

I teach several classes in Winchcombe and surrounding areas and absolute beginners are very welcome. Please see details below and get in touch if you would like more information.


Monday evenings 7-9pm at Abbeyfields Community Centre, Winchcombe. £80 per 6 week term.


Wednesday mornings 10am – 12 noon at Encounter Church, Winchcombe. £80 per 6 week term.


First Friday of every month from 10am – 12 noon at BeSocial, Winchcombe Daycare Centre, Winchcombe. £12 per session.

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Gemma Hastilow

07813 062003

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    Very pleased that my design has been chosen for the the Cirencester Hare Festival this year. There will be 60 5 feet tall hares dotted around the Cotswolds from the end of May onwards. They will be auctioned for charity in September. My design will be informative and based on the landscape to fit in … Continue reading

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