SERVICES I OFFER

As a travel illustrator I offer a variety of services for small customers and large clients alike. If you have a project in mind and you’re not quite sure how it might work then just send me an email – I’d be more than happy to chat to you about it and see what kind of plan we can come up with!

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BESPOKE MAP & TRAVEL ILLUSTRATIONS

I’m all about travel, so maps and architectural illustration are where my passion lies. I offer a bespoke map & illustration service for customers that want something a little more unique and personalised. I would be more than happy to chat about an idea you have, no matter how vague. There are so many ways in which an illustrated map or print can be customised. For example I could illustrate:

  • your favourite landmark – a listed building, a national trust site, museum, palace…
  • that awesome backpacking adventure, mapping your stops around South America / Asia / USA…
  • travel themed wedding stationery, such as country or city themed table name cards
  • your favourite piece of local architecture – a gallery, pub, music venue, theatre…
  • a map as something special to relive your honeymooning days
  • your beautiful front door or house if you’re a new home owner
  • a favourite walking trail or cycle route

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TESTIMONIALS

“Mel worked with Shakespeare’s Globe to create a new identity for our annual family festival, Shakespeare’s Telling Tales. She had to work to a challenging brief within our new brand, but was able to explore the importance of storytelling and imagination to piece together a wonderful array of illustrated characters and elements for the series. Mel’s work has proved adaptable for each needed use, with artwork including her illustrations being displayed in print through leaflets, stickers, calendars and posters, as well as for digital use.”

Tania Newman, Shakespeare's Globe

“Working with Mel is such a delight. She is thorough and thoughtful, wonderfully creative and delivers on brief. No problem is without a solution. Her thoroughness assures everyone on the team – clients and colleagues alike – that she is providing the right solution. Her attention to detail is rarely found in the workplace and is able to action on feedback independently. She’s dependable, respectful, a hard worker and a genuine delight to work with. It is dream having Mel on your team and I hope to work with her in the future!”

Shannon Balcom, POSSIBLE

“I love Mel’s maps and it was a pleasure working with her! From the initial contact, throughout the process and when the illustrations where finished. Mel delivers on time and is very detail oriented and professional.”

– BRIEF: create custom map illustrations for Hotell Addict websites

“I would highly recommend getting in touch with Mel to bring your ideas to life, she is the one for the job! Mel was extremely helpful and friendly, creating a perfect image incorporating our destinations and route plan. I love the vibrant colours and personality Mel brings to her work and the very quick and efficient way it was produced, saving us a lot of time and faff! Without a doubt we will be working with Mel again. Big thank you and thumbs up from us!”

– BRIEF: To illustrate the itinerary of a trip to the Alpaca Fiesta in Peru that the farm was organising

Victoria Crooks, Little Orchard Alpaca Farm

“It has been a great pleasure working with Mel on our project. She “got” what I wanted really quickly and worked hard to deliver a brilliant image in the timescale we agreed. I would be very happy to work with her on other projects and recommend her highly.”

– BRIEF: to create an illustration of London offices for promotional purposes.

Jennie Gubbins, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

“Mel’s work sells like hot cakes in our store, and really brightens up the shop. Customers don’t think twice, as the prices are really competitive for her products but the quality is still high. From a buying point of view, Mel is a great communicator and so easy to work with. She comes highly recommended by us at Yellowstone Art Boutique.”

Hannah Stoney, Yellowstone Art Boutique

“We love the customised print for my husband’s 40th. I wanted him hidden amongst the landmarks of New York which we’d be experiencing on his birthday trip away which Mel captured perfectly. It’s a great memento we’ll treasure for years to come.”

Kate, UK, Bespoke map customer

“Mel was an absolute pleasure to work with! Despite the time difference (USA vs. UK) she was always extremely prompt in her responses. What Mel delivered far surpassed our expectations! If you are interested in a beautiful, custom piece of work Mel should be your go-to and I would absolutely work with her again! She made the entire process painless and actually quite fun!”

– BRIEF: Create a custom map to commemorate the clients honeymoon.

Brittany, USA, Bespoke map customer
“Mel has been a pleasure to work with. Her unique style has brought a breath of fresh air to our prints and patterns. She is always eager to come to me with new ideas. Every season so far I have been impressed with her creativity, versatility and talent.”


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FREELANCE, LICENSING & COMMISSIONS

If you’re a business – large or small – and you need an illustrated map or some travel themed graphics then I would love to hear from you! With so many possibilities it would be wonderful to collaborate with you. Some dream projects include illustrating for:

  • travel magazines & travel websites
  • airlines, train lines, coach companies that need posters or guides of their destinations
  • a children’s travel storybook or atlas
  • national parks and heritage sites to create local guides of walking & biking trails
  • local communities to showcase the best of the local area
  • other travel bloggers on guest posts

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TRAVEL GIFTS, HOMEWARES & STATIONERY PRODUCTS

Fed up of those ‘tacky, touristy’ gifts we all find on our holidays I felt it was time to offer traditional holiday items like tea towels and postcards with a new modern-retro twist.  You can buy these from my online shop or from any of the events I take part in..

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TRAVEL BLOGGING – WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATIVE

I love a good travel blog that inspires travel and provides top tips to experienced travellers and amateurs alike.  If you’d like me to either write or draw a post for your blog I would love to hear from you so get in touch!

if any of this sounds up your street then CONTACT ME

SOME OF MY LATEST COMMISSIONED PROJECTS:

ILLUSTRATED MAP for HOTELL ADDICT.SE website

It was a thrill to receive repeat business from Charlotte Raboff for her new website – HotellAddict.se/Malaga/. The brief was to create a sunny map of the this southern Spanish hotspot, incorporating her top list of attraction to help her clients establish the best location for their stay. She left me to choose an effective palette which would represent the ‘sunniest spot in Spain’.

WINE SCENE MAP for VINEPAIR MAGAZINE

Wandering the streets of London to soak up the new-wave wine bar scene sounds amazing but for those that can’t make the trip this map is designed to showcase the best on offer, from revamped restaurants, multi-purpose warehouses and hidden gems within cash & carries.

SERIES OF ILLUSTRATIONS for family events at SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE

Set at the start of a complete rebrand I was challenged to use a limited palette of reds, blacks and whites for a collection of images celebrating the theatre’s annual family event. Telling Tales encourages youngsters to celebrate the joy of storytelling. This was to be reflected in the engaging children’s characters and fairytale setting, also incorporating the theatre’s new logo.

ILLUSTRATED MAP for LONDONIST DRINKS

I was invited to create an illustration for the new Londonist Drinks book – ‘A Spirited Guide to London Libation’. I was tasked with the challenge of illustrating a map portraying London pubs named after fictional characters. The design was to include the characters these pubs were named after rather than the actual buildings themselves. There was no specific requirement other than it be colourful!

ILLUSTRATED MAP ITINERARY for LITTLE ORCHARD ALPACAS FARM

Having organised a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru, Little Orchard Alpacas now needed a custom map illustration to route the amazing journey. The trip is for those with a passion for alpacas and adventure and so simply had to be vibrant! Their route incorporates the Alpaca Fiesta 2018 and extra Peruvian style patterns work perfectly and reflect the new Peruvian gifts in their shop.

PROMOTIONAL POSTERS for TROWERS & HAMLINS LAWYERS HQ

In need of a refresh,  Trowers & Hamlins contacted me to illustrate their office headquarters at their London site. With the aim of using the finished piece as posters this was a large scale illustration to add a warm welcome when entering a corporate environment.

OUTDOOR RUGS with GREEN DECORE

I was thrilled when my ‘Morocco Arrow Tile’ design was selected by Green Decore for use on a brand new outdoor rug.  They share a love of bold prints inspired by traditional prints from around the world, and with a vibrant new palette applied the new ‘Geometric’ design was launched at Grand Designs Live.

ILLUSTRATED MAPS to remember your adventures by

Pick any location and I can create any city map or any country map that you’d like. My map illustrations make wonderful additions to the home, as well as being a wonderful gift for travellers who really appreciate a personalised map. Each map features mini travel illustrations whether it be favourite landmarks, activities or food, and they can all be used to recreate a backpacker route, a special honeymoon trip or even just your beloved hometown.