Denzel "Bllack Line" Kessie

Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Mid Level
London, United Kingdom
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About me

I’m a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer looking to secure in-house design work. The content I create are a reflection of my obsession with music, fashion, health, hip-hop & sneaker culture but at the end of the day I just love drawing and design. During my time as a freelancer I’ve had the opportunity to work for Hype Collective, The NHS and Nike London, the latter of which has been featured on Highsnobiety & ItsNiceThat. I was also a finalist for the Guardian Illustration Prize 2019.

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  • Digital Illustration
  • Vector Illustration
  • Illustration
  • Ink Drawing
  • Book Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Typography
  • Research

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Nexus Studios

    Nexus Studios

    • Advertising
  • Exposure


    • Marketing & PR
  • Joined Up Thinking (JUT)

    Joined Up Thinking (JUT)

    • Social Enterprise
  • H

    Hype Collective

    Work history


    Organ Donation Champion - YPCE & NHSBT

    NHS Blood & Trans

    Mar 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Being an Organ Donation Champion involves to raising awareness, dispelling myths and helping to improve attitudes about organ donation after death (or Deceased Organ Donation – DOD) using creative media production and social media platforms. This is focused particularly on the black community due to the low numbers of organ donors within that community. My role includes: 1. Support with hosting an awareness-raising event for local young adults and families from black ethnic backgrounds happening in April 2019. 2. Assisting in creating a social media campaign before and after the Organ Donation Awareness event. 3. Assisting in producing video content with the assistance of media technicians. 4. Assisting in developing creative media content and blogs for social media and wider media outlets that support the work of the YPCE Steering Group. 5. Helping promote the event and media content using marketing platforms and own personal networks. 6. Creating promotional material to help spread the message about organ donation. 7. Working with the team's motion graphic designer to create an illustrated/infographic video explaining the change in the law with regards to the 'soft opt-out’, featuring ethnically diverse characters/voice over.


    Nike Air Max 270 React Artwork


    Jul 2019 - Jul 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • I was commissioned to work on a brief by Nike London to create artwork for their new Nike Air Max 270 React. Each colourway was inspired by a different modern art movement. I was commissioned to create work fo the colourway inspired by mid century.


    Portrait Commission

    Hype Collective

    Jan 2019 - Jan 2019
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • A member of Hype Collective wanted a portrait of his business partner to give to him as a present because they were moving into a new office.


    Build on Belief Poster

    Build on Belief

    Jan 2019 - Feb 2019
    • Dagenham Rd, Dagenham RM10 7UP, UK
    • Freelance
    • Build on Belief is a charity that specialise in helping people with drug and alcohol addiction. They wanted a new poster to inform people of their new service in Dagenham. They put emphasis on the fact that they wanted the poster to look more modern whilst capturing the overall feel of the facility.


    Made W/ Code X Beyonce

    Nexus Studios

    Aug 2018 - Aug 2018
    • 25 Chart St, Hoxton, London N1 6FA, UK
    • Freelance
    • This was an inactive project originally given to Nexus Studios by Made W/ Code. The job involved creating an overarching crest design for Beyoncé which young girls would be able to edit online. The finished product was not used for commercial purposes.



    BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration

    Cambridge school of visual and performing arts

    Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
    • Cambridge, United Kingdom


    Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
    • London, United Kingdom


    Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
    • London, United Kingdom


    BTEC Level 2 Art Design

    Quintin Kynaston School

    Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
    • London, United Kingdom