I am a freelance illustrator and artist. My work is inspired by the natural world and local Cornish landscape, which both feature heavily in my book covers and print designs.

Photo collage of illustrator Matt Johnson sketching outdoors, cuddling his cat and some of his paintings, sketchbooks and other artworks.

I start my illustrations by sketching outdoors on location, before creating the finished piece back at home using paint, collage and digitally with Adobe Illustrator. There’s lots of videos of my process here >

My style is most strongly associated with the fashion brand Seasalt, where I was Senior Creative Designer for over 18 years, making hundreds of prints and illustrations for bags, scarves, tea towels, clothing, stationery and packaging.

Illustrator Matt Johnson making a collage of Cornwall harbour scene

My illustrated book Red Sails & Pilchards, about Cornwall’s fishing heritage, was published in 2022 by Design For Today.

I was born in London, studied illustration at the University of Portsmouth and have lived in Cornwall since 2004. I’m currently based in Falmouth, where I live with my wife Kathryn and our black cat, Pooky.

Illustrator Matt Johnson

Recent Clients

RSPB • The Woodland Trust • RNLI • The Fishermen’s Mission • Bloomsbury PublishingHead of ZeusDesign For Today • Seasalt Cornwall • Reliefprint PressBothy Threads • St Michael’s Mount • James Ellis • The Old School GalleryTrebah Garden • National Maritime Museum Cornwall • Xander Uitgevers • Baltic Club • Art Angels Publishing

Hire Me

If you have a project or commission you’d like to discuss please get in touch via my contact form.

Illustrator Matt Johnson birdwatching on the Scillonian ferry.