Paul Thurlby’s Wonderful Character Illustrations

Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot by Paul Thurlby

Saintly Sinners for Ace Tennis Magazine by Paul Thurlby

The White Stripes by Paul Thurlby

British illustrator Paul Thurlyby has a lovely portfolio filled with a really nice collection of retro-modern illustrations all inspired by mid-century design. Originally from Nottingham but now based in London; Paul has worked on illustrations for a number of clients including the likes of The Guardian, The Times and It’s Nice That. Some of you may have seen the wonderful alphabet series which he created a while ago. It was really rather splendid and if you haven’t seen it then you really should check it out!

Today I thought I’d share some of the wonderful characters that Paul has drawn in the past. I was well aware of his alphabet set but I didn’t know he was also such a fine caricaturist. The top image of Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot really does it for me. Paul’s style sits so well upon these two icons of 60’s and I love the texture of Bardot’s hair. Also, check out his picture of The White Stripes – it’s just so much fun! More work can be seen online here.


September 23, 2011 / By