My Story

I am an artist, printmaker and illustrator originally from Manchester, currently based in Yorkshire,  after 5 years in Oxford.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved drawing. As a child, I would sit and draw for hours and hours on end - and today very little has changed! I studied Illustration with Animation at the Manchester School of Art which allowed me to explore my love of drawing and image-making further. I particularly enjoy pen and ink illustrations as these pose unique challenges. Once the pen has made a mark on the page you can’t change it or erase it, unlike pencil which can be rubbed out. I also very much like the way the ink moves in an almost organic way on the paper; like a living creature that does what it wants.  


I am also a keen printmaker, and I particularly like printing using lino. I enjoy the process of cutting an inverted image into the lino and then printing the plate to reveal the design. I also enjoy experimenting with different kinds of papers and ephemera, including antique books, newspapers and ticket stubs.


I draw inspiration from many different sources, including my surroundings, architecture, nature and everyday life. I find that inspiration can appear in the strangest and most mundane of places, from a simple drink in a cafe to a visit to the zoo.


Please do get in touch if you have any questions or if you have an idea for a collaboration or commission.

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Charlotte Hepburn
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About Me