Sean McSorley


  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsIllustrator - Editorial Illustrator - Book Illustrator


About me

I'm an award winning freelance illustrator living and working in London. My clients have included The Folio Society, University of the Arts London, Sony Television, Universal Pictures, Paramount and Glaceau. I won the 2014 Folio Society / House of Illustration Book Illustration Competition and was shortlisted for the 2015 World Illustration Awards. Last year I graduated with distinction from Camberwell College of Arts' MA Illustration programme, winning an Outstanding Achievement Award at the University of the Arts London Graduation Ceremony 2015. My work has been featured in Creative Review, Artists and Illustrators Magazine and on the Guardian website. I also work for UAL at Central St Martin's School of Art and Design, designing and illustrating interactive learning resources for the Academic Support Department. I'm interested in cinema and literature (having completed my undergraduate degree in English Lit!), and my work is particularly influenced by film noir, modernist art, mid C20th American Illustration and vintage diagrams and schematics. I use brush and ink drawing, printmaking and collage combined digitally to create my images, and I'm fascinated by trying out new techniques and combinations to best serve the commission. I find this way of working keeps me interested and excited, leaving room for accident and spontaneity and, I hope, produces images that are alive and atmospheric.


  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Drawing
  • People
  • Digital
  • Typography
  • Collage
  • Mixed Media
  • Design
  • Editorial
  • Illustration
  • Pen Ink
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • University Of The Arts London

    University Of The Arts London

    • Design & Creative

Work history


Visiting Practitioner: Academic Support resource development

University Of The Arts London

Jun 2015
  • Freelance
  • Based at Central St Martins School of Art and Design, I develop interactive learning resources for the University of the Arts London's Academic Support Department



BA English Literature

Queen Mary, University of London

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015


MA Visual Arts: Illustration

Camberwell College of Arts

Sep 2014 - Aug 2015
  • MA course in Illustration. From their website: MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts demands strong voices and entrepreneurial image-makers who can tell their own stories. This course builds on the skills our students already have, through personally ambitious projects and wider interaction with the artistic community.



Shortlisted - The Association of Illustrators and DIrectory of Illustration's World Illustration Awards (formerly AOI awards)

Association of Illustrators (AOI)

  • From The Association of Illustrators' website: For nearly four decades, the AOI has presented the most comprehensive and significant awards for illustration in the UK. Now, for the first time in its history, the organisation welcomes an international partner, the Directory of Illustration, to create the World Illustration Awards. Work entered into the World Illustration Awards will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished and international industry professionals. The competition shortlist reflects exceptional work by illustrators currently making an outstanding contribution to visual culture.


Winner - Folio Society / House of Illustration Book Illustration Competition 2014

The Folio Society

  • From the House of Illustration's website: The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration. The annual international competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society. Each year entrants are asked to submit three illustrations and a binding design for a book chosen by The Folio Society. The winner receives a highly sought-after commission, worth