• 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.

Contact me

Gemma Hastilow

07813 062003

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  • Beginners’ Class get handy with biro!

    First day back for our drawing class today. We used biro – an underrated, versatile drawing medium – and drew the contents of my tool box. Some fantastic work!


  • Cheltenham Half ‘Marrow-thon’ and Walk For Wards

    This autumn the my family are raising money for local cancer patients through the Hospital Charity’s Focus Fund.
     I’ve been training for 6 months for the Cheltenham Half Marathon on Sunday 25th September, and Bella is building up for the 10km ‘Walk for Wards’ on Sunday 2nd October which will be a challenge for both her … Continue reading

  • Workshops at Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts 2016

    Busy week last week with two workshops for Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts.

    The first was Still Life for Beginners at Chandos Hall on Wednesday. Lots of people that attended hadn’t drawn since school but still managed to do some great work.

    Then on Saturday I had lots of fun drawing dragons and unicorns with some … Continue reading

  • Outing to Sudeley for Beginners’ Drawing Class

    My beginners class enjoyed a relaxing drawing session in the sunshine at Sudeley castle last week. Some really lovely work! We were so lucky with the weather and the time just flew by. I think we will be venturing out agin very soon…

  • Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts

    I’m going to be taking part in the festival for the first time this year. I will be running two workshops – Still Life for Beginners on 25th May and a childrens’ workshop about drawing dragons and unicorns on 28th May. Full details can be found here.