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Peter Allen

Peter Allen
Full of charming little characters surrounded by plenty of rich detail, Peter Allen’s illustrations are graphic and colourful. Travel guides, history books, children’s stories, advertising – they’ve all benefited from Peter’s vast images, each of which is full of fun and has many stories to tell.

Based in Eastern France, his influences include everything from Thomas Bewick and Hogarth to Galt Toys and Miffy. While he’s working, his music is equally eclectic with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The Cosmic Dead and Causa Sui on the playlist. He also listens to the American West Coast Station KFJC and dreams of California, where he’d love to go big wall climbing in Yosemite National Park, and drive along the Pacific coast from San Francisco to Portland.


Peter has a first class bachelors degree in Graphic Design from Liverpool John Moores University, and an MA in Book Arts from Aberystwyth.


Though he works digitally, Peter draws on his training using traditional media including lino-cutting, stenciling, letterpress and drawing. “I colour in pencil outlines in Illustrator using vectors to create colour shapes, like cutting out stencils with a knife,” he says. “Similarly my drawing is simplified like lino-cut and wood-cut lines.”


Peter’s simplified drawing style often has the look and feel of a classic newspaper cartoon, but his images tend to have a lot more to them than that. He uses colour to give them a strong graphic character, and lots of observational humour can be found in the little characters and details he ads. They can contain plenty of information too – often his illustrations are like a mixture between cartoons and infographics.
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Illustration of people in the garden
Illustration of working man
London, culture, art, modern art, contemporary art, design
Illustration of art gallery
Illustration of people playing in snow
Illustration of people at resort
Illustration of London streets and buildings
Illustration of cars and trucks
Illustration of book store
Illustration of three cartoon characters
Illustration of Central London and River Thames
Illustration of people traveling in bus
Illustration of telescope scientist
Illustration of laboratory
Illustration of lady lab technician
Illustration of cartoon Cheetah
Aquarium, tropical, fish
Illustration of people at art gallery
Illustration of people at beach
Illustration of people in the city
Illustration of a building
Illustration of telescope
Illustration of lab tecnician
Illustration of Zebra
Illustration of playing kids
Illustration of people at white house
Illustration of characters
Illustration of electronic laboratory
Illustration of people at airport
Illustration of textile industry
Illustration of characters in London street
Illustration of people in the market
Illustration of cartoon character of a boy and girl
Illustration of cartoons
Illustration of characters in the greenry
Illustration of people traveling in car
Illustration of space
Illustration of globe
Illustration of elderly lab technician
Illustration of cartoon Rhinoceros

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