I had a lovely time at the End of the Road Festival at Larmer Tree Gardens where I created a still life for festival goers to sit and draw to unleash their artistic talents. And what talent there was on display! It was great to chat and help people with their drawings over the course … Continue reading
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.
We really enjoyed working with Gemma and love her funny and colourful illustrations for our book
Lisa Maurer, Managing Editor– Schwager & Steinlein Verlag, Köln, Germany
As well as drawing delightful illustrations, Gemma is thoroughly professional, the perfect freelancer!
Duncan Proudfoot, Publishing Director– Robinson, Piatkus, Constable & Robinson, London, UK
Gemma is a true professional. Fun, reliable, flexible and worth her weight in gold. Give her the job and let her get on with it, whether a corporate job or more casual illustration she nails it.
Jason Pelta, Director– Pages Creative, Cheltenham UK
Gemma is a pleasure to work with, she delivers beautiful illustration that fits the brief perfectly. I can always rely on her to bring a brief to life and I would have no hesitation recommending her.
Nicolle Thomas– Scholastic
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.
MOnthly saturday LIFE AND PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP – next class on 13th november
Explore the challenging task of drawing a model from life. This workshop is open to all abilities with tuition available. The day is split into 2 sessions, with life drawing in the morning from 10am – 12pm and a portrait session in the afternoon from 1pm – 3pm. Materials and refreshments provided. At The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe, Glos., GL54 5QH. Both sessions – £35. One session £20.
LiNO PRINT CHRISTMAS CARD WORKSHOP – monday 15th november 2021
Learn how to Lino print and make your own cards and tags to take home. Lino printing is easy and effective and even the simplest designs make great cards. This session will run from 6.30pm – 9.30pm at The Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe, Glos. GL54 5QH. £35 including all materials and refreshments.
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. £90 per 6 week term, all materials included. 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 10am – 12pm, Winchcombe. £100 per 6 week term, all materials included. 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.
This series of images combine my love of art and nature. When we think of extinction we often think of tigers and elephants and are perhaps unaware that it is happening under our noses.
I have produced these images using relevant mediums and techniques that link to the threat to each species. All of these species … Continue reading
Fantastic work form the online watercolour course. We painted garlic to learn about painting shadows, using a delicate touch of colour and achieving fine lines. I love the subtle colours and how different each painting looks, simple but effective. If you’d like to learn how to paint in watercolours you can find more information about … Continue reading
It’s virtual hugs only this Christmas…no getting too close! I always enjoy thinking up a funny Christmas card and this year was no exception. It’s going to be a strange Christmas for all of us this year. Make sure you all practice snow-cial distancing and have a good time.
This Limited Northern Soul Picture Is One For Your Hot Box!
I've just finished this giant picture showing the history of reggae. Such fun to paint and I learnt a lot researching and drawing it.
We projected images onto the model at life class on Monday evening. Interesting effects with light, contours, colour and shadows. The class takes place at Abbey Fields Community Centre on Monday evenings. For more details see my Art Classes page.
Cheltenham Paint Festival a yearly street art festival which brightens up the town with a riot of colour every year. I was delighted to be involved this year with a giant collaborative doodle which took shape over the weekend. The theme for this year’s festival was books and authors, to coincide with Cheltenham Literature Festival’s … Continue reading
What a fantastic summer of festivals! My summer was ‘book-ended’ by two fabulous festivals – Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham in May and End Of The Road Festival at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire in September. I created a crazy Whodunit with Blue Peter award winning childrens’ author Gareth Jones and the audience, then drew some … Continue reading
So happy with these recent illustrations I did for Croome Court. It’s great seeing these drawings at such a large scale and watching visitors engage with them. They were for the current exhibition, Toxic Beauty, about the short and sad life of Maria Gunning, the wife of the Earl of Coventry who inherited Croome.