I’m Nicola Allan, a British freelance illustrator currently living in Mexico.

I have a passion for creating characters, making up stories and love creating editorial pieces, illustrated maps and greetings cards. Hand and brush lettering is something I really love too so I incorporate it into my work as much as possible. Everything starts with a pencil sketch though I like working both traditionally and digitally - my favourite approach is to mix both by using ink, watercolour or gouache with colour pencil and then arranging and adding detail digitally.


Although I'm British, I spent most of my childhood in the hot steamy jungles of Borneo which provided me with a very open outlook, exposure to different cultures, flora and fauna. Ever since I was little, I wanted to become a working artist (particularly a children's book author and illustrator) and although I got a little side tracked along the way, qualifying and working as a lawyer for just over ten years, that dream has never left me.

When I’m not drawing or painting, I love being outside: walking, running, gardening (total plant nerd), hiking, skiing, surfing or just quietly sitting enjoying the space I find myself in. Most recently, I’ve started making little illustrated animations which are ridiculously addictive and my current obsession. I used to make stop motion animations as a kid so that may be my next project!

With a professional background as a lawyer, I bring an analytical mind to any task making sure my creative sparks are backed up with solid design thinking. I've been working as a freelance illustrator for the last four years and I'd welcome the opportunity to bring your project to life whilst engaging in a passion of mine.

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