Dawn Cooper Illustration

Site banner for dawncooper.com

Posts Tagged ‘design’

Insect Emporium #NIW2016

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Dawn


It’s National Insect Week 2016, which gives me the perfect opportunity (excuse) to share some bits and pieces from my upcoming book with Egmont. Insect Emporium publishes in September 2016, and is bursting with insects of all shapes, sizes and origins, each with their own stories and curious behaviours. (Pictured above is a crop from my original artwork for the cover. The final approved version can be found here.)


This Mediterranean fruit fly is one of the many colourful creatures I had the pleasure of illustrating for this book. Below is a crop from the pull-out print which accompanies the book.

‘Insects are nature’s great survivors, found almost everywhere on our planet. They creep through undergrowth, lurk in cracks, dart underwater and soar through the sky. From the aerobatics of a dragonfly to the mighty construction of a termites’ nest, this book explores their secrets. Prepare to discover a spellbinding world within the Insect Emporium.’
– Susie Brooks


Egmont have just released a beautiful little animated teaser trailer for the book, in which some of the insects come to life! You can take a look at it 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!


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!

Lark Vintage logo

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by Dawn

I’d also like to share with you some of the logo revisions I did before reaching the final article, as I always find seeing other illustrators’ design processes very interesting, and I was quite pleased with some of these. The logo was inspired by 30s vintage fabric patterns, in particular their striking colours and florals, and the typography was inspired by some beautiful 30s French fashion magazines that I am lucky to have in my possession (thanks Hayley!).

Leave a message

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Dawn

I recently designed a little customer comment card for a lovely friend of mine at Poot. If you haven’t already been to Poot, you must! It’s a charming little vintage shop on Frome’s spectacularly cobbled and independent Catherine Hill, and it’s packed full of treasures and trinkets and beautiful clothes.

Tragically, the last time I paid a visit, I was told that moments after I left, the lovely Emma Thompson had been in to do a spot of shopping herself! Maybe next time, eh.

If you go down to the woods today

Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by Dawn

I recently created this fun invite for the incredibly nice people at Dust PR in London. These foxy animals were hoping to get their hands (or should that be claws?) on some exciting new pieces by Barbour, KR3W, Supra, Rokit Vintage and many more at this week’s collection preview.