Gareth Southwell

Freelance Illustrator and Desgner


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About me


I'm a freelance illustrator and designer based in Swansea, UK. I mainly work in traditional black and white/tonal work (pen and ink, Copic markers, pencil), which I then combine with digital techniques. Most of my work has an element of exaggeration and humour, often involving cartoon and caricature. I have worked in book illustration (covers, interior illustrations) and editorial, but have also produced logos and label design, and materials for marketing and advertising. I am also a published author of non-fiction, with a PhD in Philosophy. Selected clients: Quercus Books, Penguin Random House, W. W. Norton, Oxford University Press, The Philosophers’ Magazine, Palgrave Macmillan, Wiley-Blackwell, Hasbro (Trivial Pursuit), The Welsh Assembly Government, Gower College Swansea, The Author, The Wilson Centre Quarterly. See my website for more examples of my work or to learn more about me.



  • Mixed Media
  • Caricature
  • Cartoon
  • Editorial
  • Illustration
  • Pen Ink
  • Character Design
  • Logo Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Book Cover Design
  • Black and White
  • Children’s Book Illustration
  • Educational Book Illustration

Work history


Freelance Illustrator & Desgner

Gareth Southwell, Illustrator

Nov 2002
  • Freelance



Redefinitions of Death

Newport University

Jun 2003 - Jul 2008
  • Contemporary controversies surrounding the definition of death in medical settings


BA English and Philosophy

Swansea University

Oct 1991 - Jul 1995