illustrators that inspire me

illustrators that inspire me

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I, honestly, want to be an illustrator. I would love to draw for a living; artwork for childrens books, designs for magazines, anything to be able to sit down at my work space and draw to put food on the table and money in the bank.

There’s just one problem…

I don’t draw.

I am probably the most useless self-proclaimed illustrator there is. I get in my own way all the time, I criticise myself too much, I want everything I do to be as perfect as the people I admire today. As you may have seen in one of my most recent posts I am moving out of my family home soon, and I’m planning my work space with a twinkle in my eye, thinking of all the possibilities to motivate myself. Now, other than pretty paints, pens and notebooks, I am following some bad-ass illustrators on Instagram who have kept my small, inspired flame alight. I want to dedicate this post to some top class artists that keep me going, make me laugh daily and inspire me to achieve my dreams.


Gemma Correll

Gemma is a British babe living it up in the US with her gorgeous and art-inspiring pug. I love Gemma for her love of stripes, her honesty and her style. I own so much of her stuff it’s a joke, and her calendars are my favourite. She came to Loughborough for a book signing at Ohh Deer on 11th Feb and I was too ill to go, I genuinely think I’ll be regretting it for the rest of my life!!! CURSE YOU VIRAL FLU I WILL DRAW ABOUT YOU UNTIL YOU DROWN IN IRONY!


Mari Andrew

I discovered Mari on the Instagram explore page. I think she was partaking in a ‘Draw Everyday’ challenge and I fell in love with her vulnerability, her thoughts and how honest she was in documenting what happened in her every day life. If she was upset, she would draw about it, if she suffered heartbreak, she would communicate to her followers through her designs, and it began to feel like I really knew her! I genuinely look forward to seeing what she produced daily, and I think her 350,000 IG followers feel the same! Without sounding cliché, she’s incredibly relatable. Mari manages to make even the most mundane scenarios entertaining, which is one of my favourite approaches to art.


Emma Block

Emma Block does things with watercolours I could only dream of doing. She’s a freelance illustrator in London and she is the epitome of cute, quirky and creative. I love her fashion as well as her artistic style, and I’ve always dreamed of going to one of her workshops! Whenever I think of Emma, I think of vintage cars, springtime flowers and stripes. She seems like an absolute babe and her precision is jaw-dropping.

Side note: I’ve just noticed illustrators like stripes(!?)


Chloe Hall

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Some of my most recent patterns 🌷 which ones your favourite?

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There is no way in hell I could write a post about inspiring illustrators and not include Chloe.
Chloe is a really sweet, down to earth girl who I met through my boyfriend. The first two things he told me about her were 1. “She lives on a boat!” and 2.” She likes drawing, you’ll like her”. He was not wrong! Chloe finds her inspiration in nature, primarily in plants and greenery, and her colour palettes are combos you’d dream about. I’m a little obsessed with green & pink and I think that’s because of her… You’ll find Chloe’s work on Etsy and Casetify!


Molly Mathews

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Sorry trumpy-bum but you make this too easy 👹

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I couldn’t find an active illustration account for Mol, but tbh I’d follow her personal one cos she is style goals, and her hair is icy dreams. Molly is an illustration student from Leicester, currently studying at Loughborough University. She designs super cool pins and has even had the likes of Jamie T wearing her stuff! Mol’s designs are inspired by pop-culture and she nails satirical work that echoes society in a light hearted and playful manner. Her A-Z of celebrity scandals is probably my favourite thing that has ever graced the internet. I genuinely think this girl is destined for great things. Find her website here 🙂







  1. sophieinwonderlandxo
    February 15, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Dont give up on your dream i bet your drawings are just as good! Fab post! Xx

    • February 15, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      I wish! I need to stop being so harsh on myself! Thank you 🙂 xx

      • sophieinwonderlandxo
        February 16, 2017 / 10:42 am

        You do just got for it! Xxx

  2. February 15, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    You seem like such a creative person Tiff, I bet your drawings are amazing. Would love to see them…!
    Gemma Correll is one of my favourites, I wear a pin of her pug drawing on my coat! I had no idea she was in Loughborough though.. would have love to have gone! xxx

    • February 15, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Aw thank you Lora! You’re so lovely, hopefully you will soon! I know I almost cried when I was too ill to go! xxx

      • February 16, 2017 / 10:44 am

        Fingers crossed. I’ve got a dog who would love to have his face drawn 😜 xx

  3. February 15, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I love finding illustrators on Insta and Gemma Correll drawings make me smile and now I’ve got some more to follow, thanks x

  4. February 15, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I love Gemma Correll – as a pug lover and pug cross owner, her pug illustrations seem to call to me and I’ve definitely bought that support bra card quite a few times!! Keep the dream alive – you can do this! Xxx

    • February 15, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Aw thank you!! I will definitely be keeping my dream alive, they’re so inspiring how can I not?! I am massively obsessed with pugs! She just gets us haha xxx

  5. February 16, 2017 / 9:38 am

    I cant draw to save my life. Although I do a mean stick man … I have always loved the Gemma Corral illustrations but hadnt heard of any of the others and so now I am off to follow them all 🙂

  6. February 16, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Keep going with your dream! I’m sure your art work is amazing, we just aren’t programmed to love our own work, we have to learn to love what we do, even if you might decided to change little bits of some, I am sure they are amazing! I am terrible at art but love browsing illustrators pages on Instagram, so pretty!

  7. February 16, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I also can’t draw so I too am in awe of people who can. All of these look fabulous, but I particularly love the Chloe Hall Illustrations patterns. They look so beautiful.

  8. February 17, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Really enjoyed this post – something different and refreshing to read. I adore Kerrie Hess who is an Australian illustrator – I saw her work when she collaborated with Laduree and have been obsessed ever since!


  9. February 18, 2017 / 10:28 am

    I love pics like this, they make me so happy. It makes me want to draw as well, but i can’t hahha
    doesn’t stop be trying tho ahahah
    If you start we can all support you!! xox

  10. February 19, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I really love Gemma Correll’s work, I actually have bought lots of her postcards before in Paperchase! I can draw with a pencil and paper but I have so little experience with Adobe Illustrator that I can’t digitise them! Oh well! Thanks for sharing your faves!

    Abbey 😘

  11. February 20, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Omg how did I miss this post?! Love seeing all your inspirations, but now I wanna see some illustrations by YOU! You’re so freaking talented and I can’t wait to see what else you can do ❤️

    Lots of love Izzy |

  12. Lauren
    February 27, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Oh I’ve never heard of any of these illustrators before, but they’re all so talented! And good luck with your dream girl, we’re all our own worst critics, but I’m sure your stuff is great!

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

  13. March 16, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I love finding new illustrators, thank you for sharing x

  14. April 7, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Please don’t give up on your dream! I love illustrations and find amazing that someone is so good at doing them lol I am rubbish at art! xxxxx

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