Paul Thurlby
Originally from Nottingham, now based in London, I 
have been a full-time illustrator since September 2006
after graduating from University in Buckinghamshire,
England. I hold my pen in a funny way but it works just
fine for me, thanks. I’ve built up an impressive list of 
commissions working in editorial, advertising, publishing 
and T-shirt design for clients including The New Yorker, 
The Guardian, Tate Enterprises, It’s Nice That, The French 
Tourist Board, Templar Publishing, Orange UK and 
Warner/Chappell.

The inspiration for my work comes from mid-century design
and illustration. My style has been described as being 
retro-modern. The aesthetics are retro and the
subject matter is modern. I use old books, postcards and 
pieces of paper for the backgrounds to my illustrations 
which often, for example, involves buying an old book from 
a charity shop just to use its back cover.