About Vicky Hughes

I create custom characterful illustrations to make growing brands stand out 💫

Based in Leeds, I design adventurous, playful graphics to empower and inspire. My work captures the joy of exploring and innovation, and the power of independence. I also have experience working in tech, SaaS and data so I know what makes startups tick!

Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, I have worked as a freelance illustrator across editorial, tech and publishing, as well as creating and selling illustrated goods. When I’m not on the road in my campervan, I work from my home studio overlooking the garden, with diligent assistance from my rescue dog Kali.

I’m currently available for freelance illustration work - email me to get in touch!

What my clients say

“Vicky’s a joy to work with. She listens to the brief, always comes back brimming with ideas, and delivers when she says she’s going to. And of course, her illustrations are great!" - Tom Randle, CEO of Geckoboard.

“Vicky is absolutely a joy to work with, and I frequently and wholeheartedly recommend her services. She has an innate ability to take a broad brief and come up with a range of clever and creative concepts that truly delight the intended audience — so much so, it’s sometimes difficult to narrow down on just one! Her creativity is married with a simple and seamless process, so each time I’ve worked with Vicky, I’m full of trust that not only will we have something on time, there are opportunities to feedback early (even on a tight deadline) and the end product (as proven) will be amazing." - Monique Major, Head of People & Culture at Vault Platform.

“Receiving the first sketches from Vicky is always so exciting. Vicky has great ability to take a brief and interpret it in a creative way that works for our brand. Her illustrations are always full of personality and brighten up our work. We’re always receiving compliments on them. As well as all this Vicky always delivers on time and within budget, I would recommend her to anyone, in a heartbeat!" - Samantha Gane, Senior Customer Marketing Manager at Geckoboard.

“Absolutely LOVE! You’ve done a brilliant job with this. Great colours too 🙂 A massive thank you for your time and hard-work on this. It’s been a pleasure working with you and would gladly do so again." - Lauren Debono-Elliot, Art Editor at Popshot Magazine.

“We can’t thank you enough for your illustrations, they are beautiful and we can’t wait to work with them." - Abbi Fletcher, Post-Grad Community & Events Coordinator at University of the Arts London.

“These are just gorgeous! I adore these - all of them! They’re so perfect for print too, and will help us make some really creative layouts. Thank you so so much for all of your hard work." - Becca Challis, Production & Design Editor of Book(ish).

“Thanks so much, we’re over the moon with these, they’re amazing. These are going to be so nice to work with and really give us a bit of standout. They’re all so lovely and better than I could have hoped." - Danny Blackman, co-founder of Good Club.