Paul Thurlby is an illustrator, originally from Nottingham, now based in London and has been commissioned to produce work across a broad spectrum which includes editorial, advertising, publishing and T-shirt designs, he is also a regular illustrator for the Guardian newspaper. His inspiration for his drawings comes from mid-century design and illustration and its clear to see from his collection of artwork that he combines retro aesthetics with modern subject matters in a bold and playful way. Thurlby uses old books, postcards and pieces of paper for the backgrounds to his illustrations which he generally collects from old books he has found in charity shops recycling them and giving them new purpose.
Thurlby has re-created the familiar Alphabet Book and has turned it into a collectable item with 26 memorable characters, with posters and postcards collections too. His prints, cards and books are available to purchase from his online shop.
Thurlby has created his retro-modern illustrations for clients which include The New Yorker, The Guardian, Tate Enterprises, It’s Nice That, The French Tourist Board, Templar Publishing, Orange UK and Warner/Chappell.