Gareth Southwell

Gareth Southwell - Designer

Swansea, UK

Experienced illustrator and published author specialising in hand-drawn/mixed media book illustration and cover design.

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Overview

I'm an experienced illustrator and writer based in the UK. I've been freelance since 2003, since when I've worked for a number of high profile clients, providing illustrations for books (covers and interior illustrations), magazines, and other media. I'm also a published author of popular philosophy (occasionally illustrating my own texts), so I understand the publishing and design process from both sides. I don't use stock photos, and all my covers start off as traditional, hand-drawn illustrations, which I then combine with digital methods to give a unique look that'll help your book stand out. Whether you are a self-published author or a fellow industry professional, I'll try to accommodate your budget. Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.
Languages
English
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Humor & Comedy
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs
Psychology
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator and Writer

Self-employed
November, 2003 – Present (about 17 years)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Cricket's Greatest Rivalry

Simon Hughes

From the William Hill Award-Winning Author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes.A fast-paced, distinctive history of the iconic, 137-year-old cricketing rivalry between England and Australia published in the year of back-to-back Ashes contests.No other sport has a fixture like the Ashes. From the early 1880s the rivalry b... read more

From the William Hill Award-Winning Author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket's Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes.A fast-paced, distinctive history of the iconic, 137-year-old cricketing rivalry between England and Australia published in the year of back-to-back Ashes contests.No other sport has a fixture like the Ashes. From the early 1880s the rivalry b... read more

Money Bags

Browne, Michael G

What Would Marx Do?

Gareth Southwell

Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction to social media? Or whether Plato would be able to help resolve your constant arguments about what to watch on TV? Or if Hobbes would agree to feed your pet hamster while you're away on holiday?When it comes to the really important questions, who better to ask than the greatest political minds in history, with What Would M... read more

Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction to social media? Or whether Plato would be able to help resolve your constant arguments about what to watch on TV? Or if Hobbes would agree to feed your pet hamster while you're away on holiday?When it comes to the really important questions, who better to ask than the greatest political minds in history, with What Would M... read more

A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil

Gareth Southwell

A concise and very readable summary of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, geared toward students embarking on their studies and general readers. It is an ideal companion for those new to the study of this challenging and often misunderstood classic. Offers clear explanations of the central themes and ideas, terminology, and arguments Includes a glossary of difficult terms as well as helpful bio... read more

A concise and very readable summary of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, geared toward students embarking on their studies and general readers. It is an ideal companion for those new to the study of this challenging and often misunderstood classic. Offers clear explanations of the central themes and ideas, terminology, and arguments Includes a glossary of difficult terms as well as helpful bio... read more

What Would Keynes Do?

Tejvan Pettinger

Have you ever wondered what Adam Smith would have to say about you playing the lottery? Or whether Jeremy Bentham could cure your hangover (through economics)? Ever pondered over what Milton Friedman might get you for Christmas?By comparing and contrasting what the greatest economists of all time would have to say about 40 questions from your everyday life, What Would Keynes Do? will help you ... read more

Have you ever wondered what Adam Smith would have to say about you playing the lottery? Or whether Jeremy Bentham could cure your hangover (through economics)? Ever pondered over what Milton Friedman might get you for Christmas?By comparing and contrasting what the greatest economists of all time would have to say about 40 questions from your everyday life, What Would Keynes Do? will help you ... read more

What Would de Beauvoir Do

Tabi Jackson Gee, Freya Rose

Ever thought about what Tinder advice Naomi Wolf would give you?Ever wondered what Andrea Dworkin would think about your Brazilian wax? Or what Mary Wollstonecraft would think about the 'fairy-tale' weddings you're always invited to? Using 40 everyday questions and problems as springboards for exploring the theories and concepts of the greatest feminist theorists of all time, from the pioneeri... read more

Ever thought about what Tinder advice Naomi Wolf would give you?Ever wondered what Andrea Dworkin would think about your Brazilian wax? Or what Mary Wollstonecraft would think about the 'fairy-tale' weddings you're always invited to? Using 40 everyday questions and problems as springboards for exploring the theories and concepts of the greatest feminist theorists of all time, from the pioneeri... read more

What Would Freud Do?

Sarah Tomley

What Would Freud Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 psychological thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems. Ever wondered what a great therapist like Freud or Jung would have to say about your horrible boss, your phone-checking addiction or an occasional wish to cheat on your partner? Ever wished someone would explain why you sometimes act like an idiot... read more

What Would Freud Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 psychological thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems. Ever wondered what a great therapist like Freud or Jung would have to say about your horrible boss, your phone-checking addiction or an occasional wish to cheat on your partner? Ever wished someone would explain why you sometimes act like an idiot... read more

What Would Nietzsche Do?

Marcus Weeks

What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems.Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and A... read more

What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today's everyday problems.Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and A... read more

Philosophy: Key Themes

J. Baggini, G. Southwell

Philosophy: Key Themes is a beginner's guide to understanding and critiquing philosophical arguments. Each chapter introduces one of the major themes in philosophy. Baggini's approach combines explanation with summary while encouraging the reader to question the arguments and positions presented.

Philosophy: Key Themes is a beginner's guide to understanding and critiquing philosophical arguments. Each chapter introduces one of the major themes in philosophy. Baggini's approach combines explanation with summary while encouraging the reader to question the arguments and positions presented.

The Good Brexiteers Guide to English Lit

John Sutherland

What is Nigel Farage’s favorite novel? Why do Brexiteers love Sherlock Holmes? Is Philip Larkin the best Brexit poet ever? Through the politically relevant sideroad of English Literature, writ large, John Sutherland quarries the great literary minds of English history to assemble the ultimate reading list for Brexiteers. Brexit shook Britain to its roots and sent shockwaves across the world. B... read more

What is Nigel Farage’s favorite novel? Why do Brexiteers love Sherlock Holmes? Is Philip Larkin the best Brexit poet ever? Through the politically relevant sideroad of English Literature, writ large, John Sutherland quarries the great literary minds of English history to assemble the ultimate reading list for Brexiteers. Brexit shook Britain to its roots and sent shockwaves across the world. B... read more

Gonzo Global Inc.

James Weitz

When Gonzo, a young and inexperienced Mexican businessman, comes up with a half-baked business plan to export Mexican tap water to the USA and sell it as a laxative, hilarity ensues. Will democratically enacted U.S. regulations help prevent a race to the bottom? Can Gonzo's wise and weary business-savvy uncle work behind the scenes to help avert disaster? (And what to put in a press release??)... read more

When Gonzo, a young and inexperienced Mexican businessman, comes up with a half-baked business plan to export Mexican tap water to the USA and sell it as a laxative, hilarity ensues. Will democratically enacted U.S. regulations help prevent a race to the bottom? Can Gonzo's wise and weary business-savvy uncle work behind the scenes to help avert disaster? (And what to put in a press release??)... read more

Defective for Hire: A Nigel Comedy Mystery

D. R. Lowrey

Half the town thinks Nigel is an imbecile; they learned it from the other half. But if he were to unravel a murderous scheme, might he rise to, say, moron status?Possible, but the townsfolk scoff at this Englishman who chose New Antigua, Texas for an “early semi-retirement.” Such things don't happen without a defect. But Nigel had a reason. His wife, Annie—policewoman, former marine, native Ne... read more

Half the town thinks Nigel is an imbecile; they learned it from the other half. But if he were to unravel a murderous scheme, might he rise to, say, moron status?Possible, but the townsfolk scoff at this Englishman who chose New Antigua, Texas for an “early semi-retirement.” Such things don't happen without a defect. But Nigel had a reason. His wife, Annie—policewoman, former marine, native Ne... read more

Gareth has 11 reviews

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Michael Browne
Gareth is very easy to work with, a talented artist and designer who can give you a cover with real character to make it stand out from the crowd. I first sought a cover design on Fiverr and learned from that mistake that it's well worth paying professional prices for a truly professional service. I expect to work with him again many times.

Michael Browne, September 2020

Gareth Southwell
Michael has been a pleasure to work with - very professional and focused in his needs, but flexible in his approach, giving me plenty of creative freedom. And a nice guy too! I look forward to work...
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Lisa Sinervo
Always a pleasure to work with Gareth.

Lisa Sinervo, September 2020


James Court
Gareth did a great job with every aspect of this job, which involved creating a Facebook banner with a theme consistent with my book.

James Court, July 2020


James Court
Did a great job!

James Court, May 2020


James Court
Did a great job!

James Court, April 2020

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