Alexander Naughton

Alexander Naughton – Designer

A professional illustrator with 5 years experience creating vibrant, unique artwork for independent writers and national publications



I am an artist and illustrator based in a little seaside town near Edinburgh, Scotland. If you love weird and wonderful with a hint of social satire then I think we will enjoy working together. My illustrations tend toward surrealism with a hint of the modernist pop-art aesthetic. My inspiration comes from a lifetime of looking at pictures and an obsession with illustration. My clients include, The Guardian, Politico Europe, Edinburgh University and many more.

I work with several writers on a regular basis on Substack where I mainly illustrate essays and articles on philosophy, science, politics, literature and the occasional short story.

It is often a challenge but I love distilling the theme of a piece of writing down to a single image. I believe the design of an illustration is a collaborative piece of art between the writer and the artist and it is a very rewarding process. It gives me immense satisfaction when I can delight a client with an image that serves the writing faithfully but also comes with my own creative flare. I look forward to working with you, whomever you are.


Art Philosophy
Contemporary Fiction Humor & Comedy Poetry Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult
  • BA Illustration

Work experience


Mar, 2019 — Present

I am a freelance illustrator based in a wee seaside town just outside Edinburgh. I am open to commissions in publishing, editorial and commercial illustration, including personal blogs and Substack newsletters.

My client list includes: The Guardian, Politico Europe, Courrier International, BBC Science Focus, Immediate media Co, Edinburgh University, Napier University, Culture 3, The Intrinsic Perspective, Steampunk Coffee Roasters and many more.

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