Art, Illustration and Design by Simon Riordan

Simon Riordan. Artist & Illustrator in Cornwall
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Simon Riordan. Artist & Illustrator in Cornwall

I have been designing and illustrating for some twenty five years. With no formal training (I didn’t go to art school), work in the early years of my career was very much a case of trial and error, moments of panic when the challenges I took on were beyond my expertise and a lot of long nights at the drawing board (or computer) to meet those all important deadlines. Enthusiasm, and a natural talent saw me through and now my portfolio is one of the most varied you’re likely to see from one illustrator.

I work in just about any medium, oils, acrylics, colouring pencils, watercolours and these days digitally, creating images to suit most visual platforms. I’ve organised my portfolio around themes and populated each gallery with a sample selection of my work. I hope you enjoy looking at my art and I welcome any feedback via Facebook.

Cornwall Uncovered Map

Cornwall Uncovered Heritage and Culture side

I love living and working in Cornwall. In fact my passion for the region has led me to produce and self publish a double sided map for the whole of Cornwall.  It features all that I love best about the region including many illustrations of local wildlife, its unique culture and an illustrated timeline of some of Cornwall’s momentous historical events. Its a  tribute to a region that has given me so much. Its called Cornwall Uncovered.

An illustrated map of Cornwall's nature

Cornwall Uncovered Nature side

My early career began designing and illustrating greeting cards followed soon after by cartoons for magazines and books. Since then projects have included Brand design, Packaging, Interior and Architectural design and illustration, 3D site and Town maps, product and character design illustration along with quite a few unusual and interesting challenges thrown in along the way; some are featured in the portfolio pages.

Elvis Mural Photo copy

Elvis and I discuss pool at the Falmouth Arms

I hope you enjoy this brief excursion through my work.

 

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