A painting of two men
Painting of a bee on a bunch of daisy, sitting against a wooden wall with a potted cactus in front
A map painting
A painting of a children's book cover

Painting & Illustration

I love working with different creative mediums and creating a range of artwork using pencil, charcoal, fine-liner pens, watercolour, oil and digital software such as Procreate, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator for digital illustration. Whether you’re looking for a personal portrait, or an editorial illustration for a magazine or article, I have experience across a multitude of creative fields and the right variety of skills to accommodate your needs.

Some of the painting and illustration services I can provide (but am not limited to) are listed below:


  • Personal Portraits (Watercolour & Oil Paint)
  • Pet Portraits (Watercolour & Oil Paint)
  • Murals
  • Scene Paintings (Watercolour & Oil Paint)


  • Children’s Illustrations
    (Paint by numbers, Dot-to-dot, Activity book illustrations etc.)
  • Tailored Brand Illustrations
    (Social Media Illustrations, Website Illustrations, Process Illustrations, Poster/Brochure Illustrations etc.)
  • Editorial Illustrations
    (Magazine, newspaper, online article illustrations)
  • Personal illustrations
    (Caricatures, General Commissions)
  • Book Cover Illustrations
  • Character & Scene Design
    (Graphic Novels, Graphic Novel Games)

My Process

I’ve created a general step-by-step process that I work to for creating paintings and illustrations. This is by no means a rigid process and I am always happy to tailor it to your specific requirements.

Step 1.

Discussing the details

The first step of the process is to discuss the details of the project over the phone/zoom/email to gain a full understanding of what is it you’re looking to have created in terms of subject matter, the size, style, colour palette, timescales for delivery etc covering all aspects of the project so I know exactly what you’re looking to achieve.

An illustration of a bee and a moth talking
An illustration of a bee and a moth planning

Step 2.

The quote

Once I know the full depth and breadth of the project, I’ll provide you with a comprehensive quote. If approved and if we have not worked together before, I usually request a deposit upfront (up to 50%) before beginning the project.

Step 3.

Creating the artwork

Once the quote has been approved, I will begin creating the artwork (and depending on the project and brief, I may need photo references from yourself in order to create the piece). Once I’ve finished the artwork I will send you an image of the project to review. Depending on the amendment allowances outlined in the quote, I will make any minor adjustments as needed and send you a final image of the artwork to review and approve.

An illustration of a bee painting
An illustration of a moth looking at a painting

Step 4.

Artwork complete!

Once the artwork has been approved, I will request the remaining payment for the project to be processed. Once the payment has been received, I will then organise the delivery of your final piece (this is again, project dependent).

Simples! If you have any questions or if you would like to chat through your project (with no obligation) – drop me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


Get in touch!

If you’d like to work together or if you’d like to find out more about my services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Contact me via my email or fill in the form below and my faithful and friendly pigeon Pepi here, will deliver your message straight to my door.

E: samanthathorleyart@hotmail.com