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Hi, I'm Adam

Freelance Illustrator

“Adam is a gifted, warm-hearted illustrator who understands the power of imagery, imagination, storytelling, creativity, craft and heart.


His work has a touch of magic. His approach is full of care, kindness and professionalism.


A joy to work with and I recommend him highly for books, campaigns and other creative projects – especially if they are aimed at children or adults who are young a heart. Or indeed for those who need to remember that they are or were these.


~ Rasheed Ogunlaru
Coach – Speaker – Author
Resident business coach at The British Library, London

Latest blog articles

Diversity in marketing
Why do organisations need to think deeper about diversity in their marketing? – part 2
A key aspect that marketers miss is that children define things differently to adults. This can be a problem because adults prefer to simplify an issue, using the logical, reasoning...
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Diversity in marketing
Why do organisations need to think deeper about diversity in their marketing? - part 1
Diversity is one of the few constants and universal truths. It is something that I have researched extensively and now routinely consider every time I create a new illustration. But...
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The importance of illustration
Why is illustration important in marketing? - part 2
Given the different styles and scenes available through illustration, you can market your product, campaign or brand with interests most popular amongst your target audience. Some organisations...
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Why is illustration important in marketing? - part 1
So much of marketing and connecting with your audience is about depth – creating a sufficiently deep connection so your audience stop scrolling or walking on. This occurs by immediately...
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'My morning meditation' children's illustration painting by Adam Thornton Illustration. It is available for purchase as a special giclee print at
'Know your magic' children's illustration painting by Adam Thornton Illustration. This was commissioned client work.

Adam Thornton Illustration

Looking for a children’s illustrator? Adam Thornton Illustration specialises in creating soulful, inspiring and colourful illustrations for children’s books, educational materials, and more. But it’s not just children that Adam’s illustrations are for. Organisations have used Adam’s artwork for appealing to adults with an open heart. Adam has been commissioned for corporate work where the organisation or charity is looking to connect with their customers on a more heartfelt level.

With years of experience and a passion for bringing stories to life through illustration, you can trust Adam Thornton Illustration to bring your project to the next level.

Adam’s unique style is perfect for capturing the imagination of young and older audiences making learning fun. Whether you’re looking for illustrations for a new children’s book, marketing campaign, packaging designs, or educational materials for a classroom, we’ve got you covered.

Although proficient in traditional mediums of pencil and ink drawing, Adam primarily uses digital illustration techniques, allowing for added flexibility and cost-efficiency in the design process. Adam prides himself on working closely with his clients to ensure that the final product exceeds their expectations.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best for your children’s project. Contact me today to discuss your illustration needs and see how Adam Thornton Illustration can bring your vision to life.