• 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.


Last Saturday of the month. 10am – 12pm life drawing. 1pm – 3pm portrait session. At The Cleeve Room, Abbeyfields Community Centre, Winchcombe. Both sessions £30, one session £15. Materials, easels and refreshments provided. All abilities welcome!


Learn how to lino print using nature as your inspiration. Thursday 25th July 9.30am – 2pm at The Cleeve Room, Abbeyfields Community Centre, Winchcombe, GLOS. £45 including all materials and refreshments

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Gemma Hastilow

07813 062003

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  • New work for the National Trust at Croome Court

    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.


  • It’s Festival Season! Bring on the sun and fun…

    Summer wouldn’t be summer without a few festival visits and I’ve already been out and about!

    I had a great time on May Bank Holiday Monday in Winchcombe at Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts Street Fair helping people participate in a giant collaborative drawing. It was so lovely to see people of all ages drawing … Continue reading

  • Fennella hops to Cotswold Farm Park

    Delighted that my hare Fennella that I painted for this year’s Cotswold Hare Trail launched the hare trail this week at Cotswold Farm Park  with Adam Henson. She will be there until September until she is auctioned for charity. Everything on Fennella grows wild in the Cotswolds and can be eaten. I love to forage so thought this … Continue reading

  • The Big Draw 2017 – Watch This Space! at Isbourne Valley School

    Had a blast working with pupils at Isbourne Valley Primary School as part of The Big Draw Festival 2017. Children participated in huge collaborative drawings of planets and a giant flying pencil which we will go on to use to make a short animation. Their work was out of this world!

  • Live drawing for Nespresso at Cheltenham Literature Festival

    I spent a busy couple of days at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival ‘redefining’ people into whatever they would like to be to help launch Nespresso’s new Vertuo Coffee Machine. I drew a lot a fairies and train drivers and even a Tiki warrior!