Britt Harcus

Britt Harcus - Designer

Orkney, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scottish Artist and Illustrator. Studied Visual Communications at NCAD Dublin, graduated 2005. Creative freelance with flair and good cheer.

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Overview

I have been a freelance illustrator for past 17 years. I grew up on a farm so have a great respect and love for the outdoors. I studied in Dublin and then took part in an exchange programme to Finland in 2004. I have shown my work in joint and solo exhibitions throughout the UK.I have also enjoyed supplying gift shops and galleries with my prints and books. I am a proud member of the Scottish Book Trust's Author Directory, a platform where Schools and Libraries can find me for talks & workshops. Being an illustrator means listening closely to my clients needs and finding the most memorable visual solution. I love pencil, pen and mixed media...but mostly I love seeing a job successfully completed. I am reliable, inventive and very dedicated.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Agriculture
Calendars
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Nature
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Short Story

Certifications

  • B Des Hons in Visual Communication
  • STGA Tourist Guiding Green badge

Awards

  • PSYBT Regional Award Runner up 2007

Work experience

Self employed illustrator

Self-employed
August, 2005 – Present (almost 17 years)

I am a farmers daughter and live on a beautiful island off the north of Scotland. This has shaped much of my work. I have worked for the private and commercial sector. Clients include NHS, The Scottish Parliament, Hachette and Acair. Published titles include 'Made up Muck?' written and illustrated by myself, 'A small Town Affair' and 'The Trouble with Keeping Mum' by Rosie Wallace plus Jim Hewiston's latest 'Our Crazy World'. My first self published children's book was titled 'Janice Wants to be Heard' followed by 'Janice and the Special Breakfast'. I illustrate a bi-monthly safety article for Orkney Farmer Magazine. I have just completed a children's book for German author Paul Boothroyd; 'George and the Golden Letterseed'. My new children's book is titled 'O is for Orkney' and is out now in hardback. I am a member of the Association of Illustrators. I love my work and hope you do too. Thank you for your interest.

Assistant, local radio station.

BBC Radio Orkney
June, 2001 – September, 2005 (over 4 years)

Worked as part of a small enthusiastic team within local radio station whilst completing my degree. The daily deadlines of typing scripts and working with the general public made this a hectic, yet enjoyable workplace.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Janice and the Special Breakfast

Britt Harcus

Janice the sheep has an invite she just can't resist. She gladly accepts Top Chef's invitation fo....

Janice the sheep has an invite she just can't resist. She gladly accepts Top Chef's invitation fo....

O is for Orkney: A-Z of the Orkney Islands

Harcus, Britt, Harcus, Britt

George and the Golden Letterseed

Boothroyd, Paul, Harcus, Britt

Made Up Muck

Britt Harcus

A Small Town Affair

Rosie Wallace

A thoroughly topical tale of scandal and gossip from a new storytelling talent.

A thoroughly topical tale of scandal and gossip from a new storytelling talent.

Doric for Abidy

Brian P. Innes

Britt has 1 review

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Professionalism
Quality
Quality
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Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Paul Boothroyd
Even as a writer, words fail me when it comes to praising the level of professional care and attention, insight and creativity Britt has brought to what started out as "my story" and ultimately became "our book". Her illustrations brought the tale to life, imbued as they are with keen perceptiveness and a delightful dose of visual humour. She is a real pleasure to work with, personable, friend...
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Paul Boothroyd, October 2021

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