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Richard Johnson a Dark Twist...

We are delighted to share with you a selection of new work by award-winning illustrator Richard Johnson....

Introducing Brand New Arena Illustrator Richard Johnson

We are always thrilled to welcome a new illustrator to Arena Illustration and we are delighted to introduce you to Richard Johnson....

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard’s versatility has enabled him to work with a broad range of clients on advertising campaigns, design projects, as well as newspapers and magazines. Recently producing stunning visuals for the Tokyo Olympic Games. He has a generous clutch of awards including accolades from the AOI and recognition for his work both nationally and internationally.

Well know as a children’s book illustrator, Richard has had numerous books for children of all ages published including My Grandpa’s Amazing Inventions, which he wrote and illustrated. More recently he celebrated the publication of his first wordless picture book, Once Upon a Snowstorm, which explores the story of a boy who becomes separated from his father in a huge snowstorm.

Influenced by the theatre, film, performance, decorative objects and children’s toys. Richard’s visual language plays with exaggerated lighting, texture and shape, combined with bold characterisation and a confident colour palette making his work instantly recognisable. His drawings start life in his trusty sketchbook, he then experiments with various ways of rendering and colouring his work digitally to keep the style fresh and current.

Richard is interested in experimenting with non-linear visual narratives and is keen to develop his own storytelling blurring the lines between conceptual and narrative illustration.


  • Aardman Animations
  • BBC
  • Bloomsbury Books
  • Cadbury
  • Faber & Faber
  • Harrods
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Penguin Random House
  • Radio Times
  • The Times Newspaper