The Illustrator: Jill Calder

In her own words, Jill is an illustrator, calligrapher, painter and occasional lecturer with a love of drawing, narrative, colour, ink, typography, deadlines and sketchbooks. Based in the Fife area of bonny Scotland, she manages to delight an ever-growing  international cluster of clients (and fans!)

Between all of this, she generously opened up about her inspirations and process in 10 Questions with Folk & Tales.

 New Yorker Mass Mutual "mini takeover" by Jill Calder

New Yorker Mass Mutual "mini takeover" by Jill Calder

The brilliance of Jill's art has, quite rightly, been much documented and blogged about up till now.  Speaking from an individual perspective, what draws me into her illustration is the narrative element underpinning it.  Jill clearly enjoys observing people, and stores up interactions that pique her interest to retell later through her commissions and personal projects.  Indeed, by her own admission, she thinks in pictures, which is clear to see.

I find that each illustration communicates her acute understanding of the everyday realities she portrays.  Using this, Jill is able to elevate these situations through her whimsical and colourful filter in a way that is both confronting and engaging.

 "Wine Thug," The Guardian by Jill Calder

"Wine Thug," The Guardian by Jill Calder

 by Jill Calder

by Jill Calder

Last but not least, I always enjoy seeing Jill's take on Scotland.  Her depictions of cultural instances are always colourful, always fun, and always representative of their true spirit- like this one is! 

 by Jill Calder

by Jill Calder


Find Jill on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, on her blog and at jillcalder.com.

All images belong to Jill Calder.