I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Bob Venables

Bob Venables



After studying Graphic Design at the Central School of Art and Design (now Central St Martin’s) and gaining a BA, Bob did archaeological illustration for a year and then became a freelancer.


Bob works in a whole range of media, depending on what’s required by the commission. On the traditional side he uses oil, acrylic, alkyd, watercolour, and pen and ink, but he’s also happy working digitally on his Wacom Cintiq.


Primarily a pastiche illustrator, Bob is adept at recreating just about any look – from 1930s propaganda-style posters to old maps, and from neoclassical still lifes to jolly 19th century book illustrations.
Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Bob: I really enjoyed illustrating the Heston Blumenthal packaging range for Waitrose recently, also I've been working on a project for the last 12 years for Artemis Financial fund which has included everything from billboards, newspaper, taxi sides and even an aeroplane. But generally - I know it sounds a bit naff, my dream job is my next job as I usually have no idea what style it will be in and I like that challenge.Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Bob: When I left college I did archaeological illustration for a year, drawing bits of corroded metal and bone, it was a better disciplinary training than any of the work I did as a student, so learn to draw mundane things with the same level of commitment as you would your most favourite subject.Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Bob: I have eyes for the hotel next door to where we live, it was designed by the man who helped build Osbourne House (Queen Victoria’s Home on the Isle of Wight).Question: What is your favourite graphics programme? Bob: I use Photoshop mostly, I keep Painter, but it always seems to crash on me, I bought a Wacom Cintiq a couple of years ago after years of struggling with a Intuos drawing pad and I think it's the best thing since sliced bread. Traditionally I use Alkyd fast drying oil or traditional oil paint, and golden or Liquitex acrylic for conventional paintings on canvas or paper.Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Bob: If I could go anywhere; I love wondering around Istanbul especially finding run-down ironmongery.

Guinness, British Airways, Artemis Asset Management, BBC, Land Rover, Adidas, Sony, Vauxhall, Heinz, Imperial War Museum, Time magazine, Tesco, Walls, John Smiths, Marston’s, Heineken, Eurostar, FIFA, VW, BMW, The Folio Society

Birmingham, UK
Isle of Wight
Sir John Sloane Museum, London
Illustration Magazine
Travel Destination
Egypt, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru