About Me

illustrating magic across scotland...
and beyond!

Hello! I'm Charlie Dear, an illustrator based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Inspired by folklore, legends and fairy tales, I adore Scottish heritage and seek to bring hidden stories to life through my work. I have a passion for illustrating children’s books and enjoy creating charming, vibrant illustrations that make people smile. I was shortlisted for the 2017 Kelpies Illustration Prize and an artist for Oor Wullie’s BIG Bucket Trail 2019. I graduated with a BA (Hons) Visual Design & Communications degree from the University of Highlands & Islands in 2014.

I love of getting hands on and using handcrafted elements in my work. No matter what I’m working on, every project begins as countless scribbles in my sketchbook, before evolving into the final artwork. 

When I’m not illustrating, I can be found hoarding kitsch jewellery, indulging my sour tooth, and admiring the Scottish landscape in all its golden hour (but mostly rainy) glory. I am available for commissions and exhibitions, so feel free to explore my portfolio and get in touch. Thanks for visiting!