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Award-Winning Illustrator Marion Deuchars

by Cass Art
Award-Winning Illustrator Marion Deuchars

A postage stamp, a shop window, the cover of a Penguin book, The Guardian newspaper...what do all of these things have in common? At some point, they've all been doodled with the designs by the award-winning and much-loved artist, Marion Deuchars.

To celebrate the launch of her new book Draw Paint Print, we thought we'd take a look at the successes of her illustrations - and there are certainly plenty of those.

A Scottish-born artist, Marion attended the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, achieving a First Class BA Honours in Illustration Print-making. 

She later went on to study Communication, Art and Design at The Royal College of Art, receiving an MA with distinction.

Internationally-acclaimed for her recognisable hand-lettering, she is the artist behind some of Cass Art's shop windows, and our Open For Art advertising campaign.


Hampstead Cass Art shop windows 

Her distinct style has also been used by the Royal Mail, when she designed six limited edition postage stamps to commemorate the Royal Shakespeare Company's 50th Anniversary. 

Her handwriting has also appeared in Jamie Oliver cookbooks, menus for the Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's, and Editorial Losada in Spain. 

Marion Deuchars in Jamie Oliver cookbook 

Some of her most famous illustrative campaigns have been for the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, Formula One and Penguin Books. Her cover design for George Orwell's Burmese Days won the 2010 Book Cover Illustration Award from the V&A.  

Marion Deuchar's Samsung Galaxy campaign 

The artist's love of illustration is actively shared in her interactive books, Let's Make Some Great Artpublished by Laurence King. They are best-selling, activity-orientated books that encourage the readers to make, draw and explore their creative sides. In the same vein, in July 2014 she had an exhibition in the Park Gallery in her birth town of Falkirk that directly involved the viewers - engaging and educational, she wanted to make a show that was about touching, not just looking. 

Most of all, she wanted adults to lose the fear of drawing, and her books, exhibtions and illustrations to date are all about this - about encouraging others to see art as an accessible form of expression.  

Marion currently lives in North London with her husband Angus Hyland, who is a Partner at Pentagram Design, and their two children.

Marion Deuchars at her exhibition in Park Gallery
 

Feeling inspired?

Marion's Let's Make Some Great Art books are available in all Cass Art stores.

Hew new book, Draw Paint Print Like The Great Artists, is now available at Cass Art with some exclusive pages on Georges Seurat, which aren't available in any other copies.