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Feathers & Fur exhibition

Posted on: September 10th, 2016 by Dawn


This summer, myself and nine other Bristol illustrators teamed up with local writer Emily Koch to illustrate her beautiful haikus celebrating the diversity of urban wildlife.

The exhibition is currently on show at the Grain Barge until 11 October.


I was given Emily’s kingfisher poem to illustrate, which was lots of fun. The kingfisher is joined by a fox, a duck, a playful dog, a squirrel, some sneaky seagulls, a beautiful toad, some ally cats, a robin, and a butterfly. The illustrators on show are:

Dave Bain, Dawn Cooper, Sarah Dennis, Anna Higgie, Harriet Lee Merrion, Lindsay McDonagh, Bett Norris, Laurie Stansfield, Rosanna Tasker and Amy Timms.

If you can’t make it to the Grain Barge this autumn, you can view and purchase all of the prints on Etsy, here.

Shipshape winter issue

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 by Dawn



This month, I reconnected with the team behind Shipshape magazine, a quarterly publication which showcases upcoming goings on in Bristol, with a focus on the city’s historic harbourside. I illustrated the winter-themed cover, which was a lot of fun to draw, and answered a few questions inside the mag. You can also find my map illustration if you flick to the centre spread!


St. George’s: The artist behind the art

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 by Dawn


I love working with Bristol clients, so I was delighted when St. George’s concert hall asked me to illustrate their latest brochure cover to promote their autumn/winter season. The design needed to capture the excitement of going to an evening concert in the chill of winter, so I hope I have achieved this!


St. George’s kindly did a little interview with me on their blog, which you can read here.

Dawn on printing, walking and making a mess

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by Dawn

I’ve done a wee interview over at The Print Shop blog about my experiences with printmaking. You can read it over here.


Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by Dawn

Last month, the Drawn in Bristol crew set sail around Bristol, unleashed their sketchbooks and enjoyed a merry bit of tipple on a delightful little cruise on one of the Bristol Ferry Company’s finest vessels.

In exchange, we got out our pens and pencils and created some illustrations featuring the iconic ferry boats that are so dear to Bristol. I drew this fella, by way of thanks, who is holding up Bristol Ferry Company’s entire fleet. Tut.

I also took some photographs of the trip with my beloved film camera. I’ll include a couple below, but please (if you feel inclined), have a look at the rest of the album on the Drawn in Bristol blog here.

Reasons to be cheerful #2

Posted on: June 30th, 2013 by Dawn

1. Introducing The Print Shop…

An exciting collaborative pop-up shop, bringing together print-makers from Drawn in Bristol and Spike Print Studio and international guests, The Print Shop is coming to Quakers Friars on 24 July 2013. Not only will you be able to purchase unique hand-made prints, products and gifts, there will be workshops and live screen-printing demos for you to get involved in! I am very honoured to have been invited to the first installation of The Print Shop, so watch this space for more news, or visit the Facebook page.

2. Meet Thérèse Desqueyroux…

Although a fairly bleak depiction of 20th Century life in Provincial France, I was pretty excited to discover that Audrey Tautou had a new film out (while we wait impatiently for the UK release of Michel Gondry’s much anticipated Mood Indigo!). This is a captivating character study of some very unique, strong-minded individuals, based on the novel by François Mauriac with the title character captured beautifully by Audrey Tautou. Showing at Bristol’s Watershed cinema now.

3. Read all about it…

The beautiful new vintage shop Lark Vintage is opening on Sunday 7 July on Paul Street in Frome, which forms part of the beautiful historic Catherine Hill, a cobbled street bursting with gorgeous independent (and very reasonably priced!) boutique shops. This shop promises to be a visual delight, full of vintage gems and has already been publicly acknowledged and praised by the model, fashion designer and friend of the shop, Pearl Lowe. I have been very involved with the design and marketing of the shop, so I’m very excited to see it all come together. I’m sure there will be some wine in it for those of you who wish to join me!

4. New studio neighbours!

Although it’s always sad to see people leave the Drawn in Bristol studio, I’m very happy to welcome two new lovely desk neighbours to my studio corner, the sublimely talented pencil sketcher Tom Bonson, and creator of beautiful mono-prints Sophie Rae (whose lovely chicken illustration is pictured above). Welcome guys!!

5. Guest blogger…

I will be guest-blogging (for the forseeable future) for the Drawn in Bristol blog, alongside fellow illustrator and collective member Bett Norris. Take a look over here to see our first posts, and be sure to bookmark the page!

6. Autumnal tea party…

I have just finished working for the incredibly lovely people at Dust PR, on a new invite design for their new kids ranges, which has been lots of fun. More on this soon!

7. All aboard!

In a couple of weeks time, the Drawn in Bristol crew will be drawing the iconic Bristol Ferry Co. boats in exchange for a jolly social along the harbourside, in one of their fantastic boats. More to follow!

8. Greetings!

I am currently developing a greeting cards range which I can’t wait to share with you all. Tell me what you would like t see!

9. In the Croft…

There’s a rather fantastic mural on the ever-changing exhibition wall of Jamaica Street at the moment, outside the PRSC head-quaters, with a lovely quote from Ghandi. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by Dawn 2 Comments

I’ve been wanting to share some illustrations that I did for a city map in the latest issue of Shipshape magazine, and I thought, what better way to share them with you than to quiz some brave Bristolians! Some of these will be easier than others, but have a go and see if you can identify these different Bristol landmarks and hotspots. Leave a comment below, if you’re feeling confident! I’ll post the answers shortly.

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by Dawn

If you didn’t go to the Bristol Artist Book Event this weekend, you were missing out! I was lucky enough to step in as a stall holder for LOAf magazine, alongside LOAf’s editor, the lovely Rosie Faragher. LOAfman also made an appearance, taking (eating) questions penciled by enthusiastic perusers of the stall, and some of you had a go at our matchbox games.

There was almost too much to take in; so many beautiful artefacts and friendly book aficionados. Among my favourites were our neighbour, Badly Made Books, who needed a lot of convincing that his books really were quite superb, Katie Green, the super talented lady behind the very charming Green Bean zine, The Tiny Pencil, who I had great pleasure in talking to, Reassemble, an ambitious print-making duo of one-of-a-kind books, and illustrator Ben Wright. Oh, and of course our friends at the Here Gallery and No Guts for Glory.

I made a little zine especially for the occasion (cover pictured above, excerpts below!), which was a lot of fun.

Mapping out Bristol

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Dawn 1 Comment

I’ve recently had some new work featured in Bristol’s official 2013 visitor guide, a handy little booklet that you can carry around with you if you’re new to Bristol. I’m not sure you can capture quite how brilliant and unique each different area of Bristol is within a map illustration, but hopefully it will point you in the right directions! You can pick them up at various locations around the city, order a copy here, or view it online here.