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S1 E3: Jonny Glover – Illustrator

Jonny Glover is an illustrator and animator, currently working in London.

If you have flicked through a copy of the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, you may have found yourself looking over some of Jonny’s illustrations.

Jonny’s illustration style is instantly recognisable; there is this strong sense of wit and movement throughout all of his work.

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Fiction by Jonny Glover

Exaggerated and expressive composition is key, and more often or not, it’s his diverse characters and use of light hearted humour that make tricky subjects more accessible. Some of his clients include the NHS, The Guardian, The UN, The Barbican, The Financial Times and The Wellcome Trust.

 Guardian Weekend Magazine editorial illustration
Guardian Weekend Magazine editorial illustration by Jonny Glover

I spoke with Jonny in February 2020, in South London. It was great to talk through his influences and the encouragement from his family that has lead to his career as an illustrator. I would highly recommend that you have a look at Jonny’s website to see more of his work.

Recording with Jonny Glover (pre-lockdown), February 2020
Recording with Jonny Glover (pre-lockdown), February 2020

In the show, we discussed…

Saul Steinberg (Author of The Passport) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Steinberg

Hergé (creator of Tintin)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herg%C3%A9

Calvin and Hobbes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_and_Hobbes

Yoplait Advert (1966) by Raymond Savignac
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e6/65/cf/e665cf0c1cdb357796dccffe1147dba4.jpg

The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey (1963)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIPvzfQbioc

And… of course. A portrait of a robust cow.