David Lock

David Lock - Designer

I've produced humorous illustrations for many UK Educational Publishers, mostly in ELT. and I can extract humour from a potato!

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I see my job as surprising the author by drawing what he or she meant in just a few lines - and, hopefully, making them laugh. Essentially I'm thinking sideways, linking together the author's text with current news, literary references -whatever.
My working method is to carefully read the author's text, together with any guidelines they might add, and work up a selection of ideas (usually too many!) as ink or pencil roughs for him or her to look at.
I specialise in adding the spice of humour to otherwise unpromising material!
Home & Garden
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Work experience

Sole employee

Freelance Illustrator
January, 1972 – Present (over 50 years)

These are some of the publishers and organisations I have produced artwork for:
Mary Glasgow Publications (later taken over by Scholastic), Nelson, Pearson, Macmillan ELT, Heinemann ELT. Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Exley Publications, Letts Educational, and Chancerel Publications.
Over the last few years (mainly in conjunction with Oxford Designers & Illustrators), I produced the artwork for a large number of books and posters for C.J.Fallon (Eire), where I was the principal conceptual artist on the 'Wonderland' and 'Wandsville'; series (author: Fiona Holmes).
I have also worked for RoSPA (mainly on safety cartoon strips, which I wrote), the RLSS (safety posters), 'Woman' magazine, and a weekly cartoon for'Amateur Gardening'.
Please note that at present I provide illustrations only, and not typography (unless a part of the artwork) or interior design.

David has 10 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jane Callahan
David was wonderful from beginning to end on this project. He completely captured the essence of my characters on the first pass. I appreciated his patience with my questions as this was my first book project. He's a very nice guy who made me comfortable right from the start. He's an incredibly talented artist. I highly recommend him.

Jane Callahan, June 2022

Mike Milea
David Locke is a pure professional. I tried to work with other illustrators and I felt like I was on my own. David had a plan for my story and we needed very little changes through out the process. If you a first time author like my self or more experienced your in good hands with David Locke.

Mike Milea, June 2022

David Lock
Thanks, Mike. You are very generous. I hope we'll be able to complete more projects in the future!

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Trophimus Odie
David is very professional and skilled! I enjoyed working with him on my book illustration project. His ideas were very valuable. I highly recommend him.

Trophimus Odie, April 2022

Diane Calkins
I have enjoyed working with David. He is creative and intuitive, and his illustrations enhance the storyline of my children's books.

Diane Calkins, January 2022

Diane Calkins
I've been very impressed with David's creativity and willingness to listen to me regarding my preferences. He responds promptly to questions and concerns. Also, he works more quickly than I imagined was possible.

Diane Calkins, January 2022

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