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Gemma Hastilow

I am a Cotswolds based illustrator, artist and art tutor, with over 20 years experience working as a freelance illustrator, combining hand drawn artwork with digital media to produce vibrant, quirky illustrations in my distinctive style.

Passionate about drawing, painting and the natural world, I also share my knowledge, expertise and experience teaching beginners’ drawing, life drawing, watercolour painting and printmaking in Cheltenham, Winchcombe, Bishops Cleeve and surrounding areas.


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Cheltenham Yoga

Gemma has been creating illustrations for us for over 10 years now. We gave her a brief and she matched it to a tee! We use them for our yoga flyers and on our website. They certainly catch the eye and every new image provokes wonderful reactions from our students! Thanks Gemma for your amazing designs. You are such a gifted artist! Chantal & Gareth

Pete Meloy

Life drawing was something I’d wanted to try for a long time. I’ve been attending Gemma’s life drawing classes for about three months and the difference in my drawings has been amazing. Gemma is always on hand to share guidance, explanations and short lessons on different techniques. A variety of materials and paper to use and a range of models from week-to-week means there’s always something new to do. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended.

Steve Chutter

Gemma produced some fantastic work for me from my rather vague brief around creating some animated characters to support my sales consulting business.
Her ability to grasp what I was looking for, providing excellent suggestions and then producing the perfect solution is why I will return and would recommend her services to anyone looking for a top quality result.
Thank you Gemma!

Chrissy Perkins

Gemma hosts fantastic life drawing classes, I had wanted to do it for years and with a little Google search I found her wonderful class relaxed, professional, everything you need is there when you arrive. Gemma offers direction but everyone has a unique style and this is encouraged. The groups are always friendly, it feels very calm, the class gives me a break from my job and a focus in a meditative way. I highly recommend joining Gemma’s classes no matter if you have never drawn before or you’re an artist, you will love it

Gill Taylor

Thank you Gemma, I’m loving your art classes. I started with zero experience and ability and really enjoy the relaxed fun environment, sharing learning as we practice together. It’s a brilliant journey and you help us understand the importance of perspective, proportion and shading, using lots of different materials. I’m so happy and excited to see such a vast improvement in my efforts. Massive thanks