• Brilliant buildings

    Illustration

  • Monsters and Aliens

    Creative, Illustration

  • Rare Species

    Creative, Fine Art, Illustration

  • Crazy creatures

    Creative, Illustration

  • Amazing mazes, maps and puzzles

    Creative, Illustration, Magazine

  • Wicked wheels

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  • Giant Music Prints

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Gemma Hastilow

Illustrator Extraordinaire

I am a Cotswolds based illustrator and art tutor. I have been freelance since 2005, working for countless clients including Scholastic, Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, Hachette, Horrible Science Magazine and Galt Toys. I mainly specialise in children’s illustration and cartoons. My artwork is usually drawn by hand and coloured digitally, but I still work traditionally using pencil, ink and watercolour. I especially like to draw animals, maps, architecture and vehicles, the more complicated the better!

I love being outside and am passionate about the natural world, so feel perfectly at home, living and working in the heart of the Cotswolds, in Winchcombe, near Cheltenham.

I’ve loved to draw 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 also teach beginners drawing, life drawing and 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

I believe that anyone can learn to draw and teach in a friendly, relaxed way. Absolute beginners are more than welcome at my classes. Please see details below and get in touch if you would like more information.

BEGINNERS DRAWING AND PAINTING

This class is for anyone that would like to learn how to draw but is worried they would be intimidated by a regular class.  Even if you haven’t picked up a pencil for years I can help you to find your hidden creative talent.

I cover all of the basics, line, shading, capturing light and texture, composition, using colour, perspective, portraiture, landscape and still life. The list goes on and on. This is a friendly, relaxed class and we even venture out to draw the beautiful Cotswold landscape and architecture in Winchcombe on warmer days.

Tuesday afternoons 1.30pm -3.30pm, Winchcombe. £75 per 6 week term. Materials available to buy at the class. At The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5PR

WATERCOLOUR FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Are you keen to try your hand at painting with watercolours but unsure where to start? This course will cover everything you need to know, starting with the basics and gradually progressing to experimental and contemporary techniques.

We will cover paper, brushes, painting techniques, using colour, composition and draw our inspiration from several different sources with an emphasis on nature and the landscape.

This course is suitable for beginners or those wishing to improve their existing skills.

Friday mornings afternoons 10am – 12pm, Winchcombe. £75 per 6 week term with materials available to buy at the class. At The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5PR

DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS – ONLINE CLASS

This is a virtual class for beginners but it is suitable for any ability. I cover the basics and fundamentals of drawing. It requires a basic list of materials which are easy and inexpensive to obtain. I offer support by email, phone or text. I individually critique each  students’ work by email. £65 per 6 week term.

WATERCOLOUR FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – ONLINE CLASS

Are you keen to try your hand at painting with watercolours but unsure where to start? This course covers everything you need to know, starting with the basics and gradually progressing to experimental and contemporary techniques. It covers paper, brushes, painting techniques, using colour, composition and we draw our inspiration from several different sources with an emphasis on nature and the landscape. Suitable for beginners or those wishing to improve their existing skills.

This course requires a list of materials which are easy to obtain. I am available to offer support by email, phone or text. I individually critique each students’ work by email. £65 per 6 week term.

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Gemma Hastilow
Winchcombe
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire

07813 062003

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