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Welcome to Monkey Feet Illustration

Hey everyone! I’m Adam, the heart, soul, and scribbling hand behind Monkey Feet Illustration.

If you’ve ever wondered where creativity gets its kicks, you’ve just found the place! My journey into the world of illustration has been one wild ride, filled with vibrant colours, whimsical characters, and stories that leap off the page and do a little jig on your imagination.

Nestled in the creative hub of my Cheshire studio, I’ve been conjuring up illustrations for over a decade, drawing on my rich experience across a spectrum of design roles.

From illustration to web design, and marketing to reprographics, every twist and turn has infused my work with a unique flavour and flair.

close up children's illustration of 2 kids in a bath
children's illustration of 'waddy' the world's greatest footballer, scoring a goal
children's illustration of a donkey being assessed at the vet's
children's illustration showing' Waddy' practising his football skills in the lounge, in the bedroom and in the garden as a youngster
children's illustration of a lady showing an image of a donkey on her smart phone
childrens' illustration of 2 x witches, a cat and a cauldron
children's illustration of a flying bat
children's illustration showing 3 pirates on board a pirate ship
children's illustration of a fox
children's illustration showing a line up of a rough football team
children's illustration of a fish in a pond
children's illustration showing a donkey that's just exploded
children's illustration of a witch on her broom
children's illustration of a cow for a logo 'maalu moo'
children's illustration of 'Waddy' driving out of his mansion in a bright red sports car

At Monkey Feet Illustration, I’m all about breathing life into ideas, turning them into visual spectacles that speak volumes.

Whether it’s a whimsical children’s book, a dynamic editorial piece, or anything in between, I’m always on the prowl for the next exciting project.

So, if you’re looking to add a splash of imagination to your next project, you know where to find me.

Let’s create something unforgettable together!

Dive into the world of Monkey Feet Illustration, where every illustration is a step into a new adventure.

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It’s rare to find a supplier that ticks every box, but Adam at Monkey Feet Illustration does exactly that!

He delivers quality illustrations, on brief, and on time and is great value for money. In fact, I see him not as a supplier but an extension to my team.

I’ve used Monkey Feet Illustration on many occasions over the years and each and every time Adam has delivered quality work on time and within budget.

An absolutely fantastic illustrator who delivers for my team time and time again. I couldn’t recommend him enough!

Steve White

Managing Director, Red C Marketing

Ready to pull a rabbit out of a hat for us at a moments notice, working with Adam at Monkey Feet is always a joy.

As all of our projects are so deadline driven, we need an artist we can trust to deliver on time.

Adam’s good humour relieves the stress of a project and his super organised approach ensures timely delivery every time.

Yvonne Dean

Managing Director, Blooberry Design

“When it came to refreshing a key character hero shot for our My First JCB wall mural, we knew exactly where to turn.

The delivery of bright and bold CGI illustration was spot on, perfect for inspiring young imaginations and delivering a valuable new asset for our brand extension programme.

All handled and managed smoothly by Adam. We really dig Monkey Feet Illustration!”

Sam Johnson

Senior Licensing Manager, JCB

A little background info to my freelance illustrator site!

Let’s start with a little background history about my illustration career to date, including my BA Hons Degree from Nottingham Trent University and my experience as a copy artist with Hallmark.

With over 20 years of freelance illustration experience, I offer a range of services, including book cover design, children’s book illustrations, greeting card designs, custom illustrations for businesses, and character design.

Keep reading to find out more about my process, read testimonials, and find out how to contact me for your next project.

So, What’s Next?

My Freelance Illustrator website is where I showcase my creative journey and passion for visual storytelling through art.

As a versatile artist with experience in graphic design, illustration jobs, and concept artistry, I bring a unique perspective to every project I undertake.

Over the years, I have honed my skills in book illustration and character design, crafting captivating visuals that come alive on the page.

From whimsical children’s illustrations to intricate concept art for video games and movies, I enjoy diving into diverse genres and styles to bring each client’s vision to fruition.

Through my keen eye for detail and strong understanding of visual communication, I strive to create art that resonates with audiences on a deeper level.

Collaborating closely with clients, I ensure that every project is tailored to meet their specific needs and objectives, delivering results that exceed expectations.

Showcasing multiple illustration styles for one subject matter – ‘cat illustration’

Throughout the site, there will be many sets like these showing how one ‘subject or item’ can be illustrated in many different ways, giving unique and varying results depending on the chosen illustration style.

Traditional illustration of a cat, depicted in a highly detailed, realistic style. The cat is shown sitting gracefully with its fur texture finely rendered
Digital illustration of a cat, created in a vibrant, modern style. The cat is depicted with exaggerated, stylized features such as a large head, big ears
Vector illustration of a cat, designed in a clean, modern style. The cat is depicted using bold, flat colors and simple geometric shapes
Cute illustration of a cat, designed in a whimsical, cartoonish style. The cat features oversized, sparkling eyes and a friendly smile, with a chubby body
Line art and minimalist illustration of a cat, executed in a monochrome style. The design focuses on simplicity and elegance, using only black lines
Illustration of a cat in a blend of cartoon and comic book styles, vibrant and dynamic. The cat is depicted in a colorful, detailed suit

Why Use Me?

“A freelance illustrator with a passion for creating captivating visual narratives”.

My expertise in Adobe Illustrator, logo design, and digital art allows me to bring imagination to life through illustrations that resonate with my clients’ visions and audiences.

With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, I thrive on transforming ideas into visually stunning artworks that convey powerful messages.

From intricate logo designs that define brand identity to vibrant digital illustrations that evoke emotions, each project I undertake is a unique opportunity to showcase my creativity and skills.

My background in illustration jobs spans across various industries, enabling me to adapt my style to suit the specific requirements of diverse clients.

Collaborating closely with clients, I ensure that the illustrations not only meet but exceed their expectations, leaving a lasting impact on their target audience.

My Education and Experience

I hold a BA Hons Degree from Nottingham Trent University, a top UK University that honed my artistic skills and creative vision, which led me to begin my professional career as a copy artist with Hallmark, where I learned the intricacies of visual communication and storytelling.

After my tenure at Hallmark, I ventured into freelance illustration, where I have thrived for the past twenty years.

This extensive experience has allowed me to work on a diverse range of projects, spanning from children’s books to editorial illustrations and even branding designs for various clients.

This breadth of work has not only honed my technical skills but has also enriched my artistic perspective, enabling me to adapt to evolving industry trends while maintaining a unique and recognisable style.

My Skills and Specialties

My skills and specialities encompass a wide range of artistic domains, including character design, fashion illustration, digital artistry, and product design.

With a meticulous eye for detail and a drive for innovation, I bring a unique blend of creativity and technical proficiency to all my projects.

Regarding character design, I thrive in creating diverse and captivating personas, each with a story to tell.

Fashion illustration allows me to showcase my sense of style and aesthetics, translating trends into striking visual representations.

In the realm of digital artistry, I leverage cutting-edge tools to bring my visions to life with precision and vibrancy.

Additionally, product design challenges me to seamlessly merge form and function, crafting innovative solutions that resonate with users.

Showcasing multiple illustration styles for one subject matter – ‘unicorn illustration’

Throughout the site, there will be many sets like these showing how one ‘subject or item’ can be illustrated in many different ways, giving unique and varying results depending on the chosen illustration style.

Traditional illustration of a unicorn, capturing the elegance and mystical qualities of this mythical creature
Digital illustration of a unicorn, showcasing a vibrant and modern design. The unicorn is depicted with radiant colors, highlighting its magical spirit
Vector illustration of a unicorn, showcasing a clean and modern design. The unicorn is depicted with sleek, geometric lines and a stylized form
A cute illustration of a unicorn, designed with soft, pastel colours and rounded, gentle shapes to evoke a sense of warmth and friendliness
A line art and minimalist illustration of a unicorn, focusing on simplicity and elegance. The illustration is created with fine, continuous lines
A cartoon and comic book style illustration of a unicorn, vibrant and dynamic. The unicorn is portrayed with a lively expression

Why Choose Me?

Choosing me as your freelance illustrator means gaining access to a seasoned professional with a proven track record of delivering exceptional design solutions.

With a background in design management, proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite tools like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign, and experience in web design, I offer a comprehensive approach to bringing your creative visions to life.

My expertise in design management ensures that every project is handled with precision and attention to detail, creating captivating visuals that resonate with your audience.

I utilise the full spectrum of Adobe Creative Suite tools to craft stunning illustrations and graphics that exceed your expectations.

With a foundation in web design, I understand the importance of creating visuals that not only look great but also function seamlessly on digital platforms.

Whether it’s designing a logo, creating custom illustrations, or developing layouts in Adobe InDesign, I bring a wealth of experience and skill to every project.

My BA Hons Degree from Nottingham Trent University

My BA Hons Degree from Nottingham Trent University laid the foundation for my successful freelance career as an illustrator.

Armed with comprehensive knowledge of illustration techniques, proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and a keen eye for detail, I have collaborated with clients as a versatile artist and packaging designer.

Through my academic journey, I honed my creative skills and developed a distinctive style that sets me apart in the competitive world of illustration.

The structured curriculum at Nottingham Trent University instilled in me a strong work ethic, allowing me to meet tight deadlines and exceed client expectations.

My specialisation in packaging design further expanded my repertoire, enabling me to create visually appealing and market-ready products that resonate with target audiences.

My Experience as a Copy Artist with Hallmark

My experience as a copy artist with Hallmark introduced me to the world of editorial illustration and honed my skills in visual storytelling.

This opportunity allowed me to refine my artistic skill set, gain insights into the industry, and develop a knack for creating illustrations that resonate with audiences.

As a result, I am well-equipped to handle diverse projects and cater to the unique needs of clients looking to hire an illustrator or packaging artworker with a blend of talent and skill.

Through my role at Hallmark, I immersed myself in the intricacies of editorial illustration, looking into the delicate balance of creativity and communication that this art form requires.

With each project, I learned how to craft images that evoke emotions, convey messages, and capture the essence of a story.

This experience not only sharpened my technical abilities but also deepened my understanding of how to connect with audiences through visual storytelling.

My 20 Years of Experience as a Freelance Illustrator

My 20 years of experience as a freelance illustrator have been a journey of constant growth, evolution, and creative exploration.

Throughout my freelance career, I have undertaken a wide array of projects, from book covers to digital marketing illustrations, honing my craft and expanding my portfolio with each new endeavour.

This wealth of experience allows me to approach every freelance job with a seasoned perspective, delivering quality work that aligns with my client’s visions and goals.

With a knack for blending artistic vision with client requirements, I have been able to capture the essence of various projects in a way that resonates with audiences.

From intricate designs for book covers that transport readers into new worlds to impactful digital marketing illustrations that enhance brand visibility, my work is a testament to the versatility and adaptability that come with years of experience in the field.

The ever-changing landscape of freelance opportunities has offered me a chance to push boundaries and explore new techniques, ensuring that my skills stay sharp and relevant.

Showcasing multiple illustration styles for one subject matter – ‘zebra illustration’

Throughout the site, there will be many sets like these showing how one ‘subject or item’ can be illustrated in many different ways, giving unique and varying results depending on the chosen illustration style.

Traditional illustration of a zebra, capturing the natural and detailed appearance of this majestic animal. The zebra is depicted in a realistic setting
Digital illustration of a zebra, showcasing a vibrant and modern approach. The zebra is depicted in a dynamic pose, emphasizing its iconic stripes
Vector illustration of a zebra, showcasing a clean and modern design. The zebra is depicted with bold, geometric lines and a stylized form
Cute illustration of a zebra, designed to be playful and endearing. The zebra features exaggerated, cartoonish features
Line art and minimalist illustration of a zebra, focusing on simplicity and elegance. The zebra is depicted using clean, unbroken lines
Cartoon and comic book style illustration of a zebra, featuring a vibrant and exaggerated character

My Services

My services as a freelance illustrator encompass a spectrum of creative solutions, from serving as a designer to crafting compelling storyboards and bringing characters to life through character design.

With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, I offer tailored services to meet the unique needs of each project and client, ensuring seamless collaboration and exceptional artistic outcomes.

As a designer, I enjoy translating concepts into visually engaging designs that resonate with the audience, whilst my storyboard artist role allows me to storyboard narratives with precision, capturing the essence of each scene.

Regarding character design, I take pride in developing distinct personalities and visual identities that enhance the overall storytelling experience.

Illustration for Book Covers

Illustrating captivating book covers is both an art and a science, requiring a delicate balance between creativity and market appeal.

As a seasoned freelancer with expertise in concept art and packaging design, I offer custom illustration solutions that capture the essence of each narrative and entice readers with visually engaging cover designs.

Through my creative process, I delve deep into the heart of the story, allowing its essence to guide me in crafting a visual representation that speaks to readers on a profound level.

Every stroke of the brush or pixel on the screen is carefully thought out to evoke emotions and spark curiosity, drawing the audience in before they even turn the first page.

My skillset extends beyond mere visuals; I understand the intricacies of colour theory, composition, and typography, ensuring that every element on the cover aligns harmoniously to convey the intended message and allure potential readers.

Illustration for Children’s Books

Creating enchanting illustrations for children’s books requires a blend of whimsy, creativity, and visual storytelling.

As an experienced packaging designer and digital illustrator with a flair for product design, I bring imaginative characters and vibrant scenes to life, nurturing a love for reading and inspiring young minds with captivating visuals.

Through my expertise as a packaging designer, I ensure that the cover design captures the essence of the story within, enticing young readers to immerse themselves in the magical world awaiting inside the book.

As a digital illustrator, I imbue each page with vibrant colours and intricate details, producing a visual banquet that sparks children’s imaginations.

My background in product design enables me to create not just illustrations but complete experiences within the pages of a book, rendering the reading journey immersive and unforgettable.

Illustration for Greeting Cards

Crafting heartfelt illustrations for greeting cards is a delightful blend of creativity and emotion aimed at spreading joy and connection.

As a freelance graphic designer and junior graphic designer specialising in character design, I bring a touch of whimsy and charm to each greeting card illustration, creating memorable moments for recipients and senders alike.

My expertise lies in capturing the essence of special occasions through vibrant colours, intricate details, and expressive characters that resonate with the intended audience.

By infusing emotion into every stroke of my designs, I strive to evoke smiles, laughter, and warm feelings in those who receive these cards. Each illustration is a labour of love, meticulously crafted to convey sentiments that words alone cannot express.

With a keen eye for storytelling and a passion for visual communication, I ensure that each greeting card speaks volumes and touches hearts in a unique and personal way.

Whether it’s a festive holiday card, a heartfelt birthday message, or a simple note of appreciation, my illustrations add a special touch that transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary memories.

Custom Illustrations for Businesses

Tailored bespoke illustrations for businesses serve as visual ambassadors, conveying brand stories and enhancing marketing campaigns with a touch of artistic flair.

With a deep understanding of the importance of visual storytelling in today’s business landscape, I specialise in creating illustrations that not only captivate the audience but also resonate with the brand’s essence.

My expertise in digital marketing ensures that each illustration is strategically aligned with the overall marketing goals, maximising its impact and reach. Through my unique character design skills, I bring to life compelling personalities that embody the values and messaging of the businesses I work with.

Character Design and Development

Character design and development are at the heart of visual storytelling, breathing life into narratives and creating memorable personas that resonate with audiences.

With a background in logo design, digital artistry, and concept artistry, I specialise in crafting unique characters that embody the essence of each project, from whimsical mascots to iconic figures.

In logo design, I focus on creating distinctive visual identities that capture the brand’s essence through symbols and typography.

My expertise in digital art allows me to seamlessly blend creativity and technology to bring characters to life in a digital realm, ensuring they resonate with today’s tech-savvy audience.

  • Utilising advanced techniques in concept artistry, I delve into the depths of imagination to visualise characters from initial sketches to detailed illustrations, ensuring each design element contributes to the overall storytelling.

  • Whether it’s developing characters for animations, games, or branding campaigns, my diverse skill set enables me to tailor designs to suit various mediums and purposes, delivering impactful visuals that leave a lasting impression.

My Process

My creative process as a freelance illustrator is a collaborative journey that begins with understanding your vision and ends with delivering compelling visual narratives that resonate with your audience.

With experience in digital artistry and editorial illustration and a keen eye for detail, I approach each project as an opportunity to bring your ideas to life and exceed your expectations.

Engaging with clients to grasp the essence of their stories is paramount in my approach.

Using digital tools’ versatility, I strive to craft illustrations that capture the essence of your message in a dynamic and visually appealing manner.

Each stroke and colour choice is intentional, adding depth and emotion to the narrative. In the realm of editorial illustration, I blend creativity with strategic insights to create visuals that make a lasting impact on the viewer.

Initial Consultation and Concept Development

The initial consultation and concept development phase of my illustration process are crucial steps in aligning our creative visions and goals for the project.

During this phase, I dive deep into the project’s essence, extracting key elements that will drive the visual narrative forward. I leverage my packaging art skills to ensure that every detail, from colour schemes to typography, harmoniously complements the overall design.

This collaborative approach allows for open communication and feedback loops, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas and inspiration.

By meticulously honing in on the client’s vision and needs, I create illustrations that not only meet but exceed expectations, breathing life into their concepts with precision and flair.

Sketching and Drafting

The sketching and drafting phase of my illustration process is where ideas take shape, concepts evolve, and visual narratives come to life on paper.

With expertise in packaging design, digital illustration, and product design, I meticulously refine sketches, iterate on concepts, and craft detailed drafts that form the foundation for the final illustration, ensuring a cohesive and compelling artistic outcome.

This phase demands a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of packaging design, digital illustration, and product design.

During the iterative process, each stroke of the pencil or digital brush is deliberate, aiming to capture the essence of the envisioned product or concept.

Through the seamless blend of creativity and technical proficiency, I skillfully merge form and function in the sketches, ensuring that every line and shape serves a purpose, contributing to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the design.

Final Illustration and Revisions

The final illustration and revisions stage of my creative process involves meticulous attention to detail, collaborative feedback, and iterative enhancements to ensure the artwork aligns with your vision.

Utilising my experience as a design manager, I lead the team through the revision process, coordinating feedback from stakeholders to refine the illustrations further.

With my adeptness in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Adobe Illustrator, I implement intricate design elements and effects to enhance the visual appeal of the artwork.

My proficiency in web design ensures that the illustrations are optimised for online platforms, making them engaging and user-friendly.

Through a strategic approach to artistic revisions, I strive to deliver exceptional illustrations that resonate with the target audience and convey the desired message effectively.


Testimonials from satisfied clients speak volumes about my dedication to excellence, creativity, and client satisfaction.

As a design manager proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and a seasoned web designer with a passion for illustration, I take pride in delivering artwork that not only meets but exceeds my clients’ expectations.

I create lasting impressions and build long-term relationships based on trust and artistic collaboration.

Client testimonials often highlight the seamless process of working with me, praising my ability to bring their visions to life with precision and flair.

Collaborating closely with each client, I ensure that every project reflects their unique brand essence and resonates with their target audience.

My expertise in Adobe Creative Suite allows me to craft visually stunning designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and user-friendly, enhancing the overall user experience.

This blend of technical proficiency and artistic creativity sets me apart in the competitive design industry, garnering rave reviews and repeat business from satisfied clients.

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