Paul Hawkins

Paul Hawkins - Designer

Bright, loud, attention-grabbing covers. Bold cartoon style, ideal for Amazon thumbnails. Humour, kids, travel, non-fiction, entertainment.

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Overview

Hi! I'm Paul and I make books. That means: I write, I draw, I do my own branding and I make my own covers. Check out my bestseller 'The Bloody British' on Amazon to see how it all comes together - the title, subtitle, cover and blurb all working together as an inseparable conceptual package. That's what I want to do for you! ^_^

While I work primarily as an author & illustrator myself (humour, travel, language-learning and gift-books) - traditionally published in Germany and the UK (represented by Landwehr & Cie., published with Random House, Ullstein, C.H. Beck, Langenscheidt, PONS & W. F. Howes) -- I'm interested in helping indie authors.

Writing is great, but I also love the visual side of making books and story-telling - there's something immensely rewarding about turning a blank page into images that the human brain is far more adept to cache long-term. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." It's true - the right pictures are memorable in ways that no block of text ever can be. An illustration style can give an entire book its identity; one that is never shaken from readers' minds. Think Roald Dahl. Think Dr Suess. Your mind finds the pictures.

As your illustrator, graphic designer and/or cover branding midwife(!), I can help liven up your book's image and make it more commercially appealing at a glance. As an author myself, you can trust me to "get" your work and find a style that helps launch your idea into people's minds. I will care about getting it right as much as you do. My speciality is humorous drawings which complement the main text; concept-driven pieces, packed with little jokes.

I aim to be maximally easy to work with. :) Ideally, we would talk about your project as soon as possible (over Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, or however you prefer) about what you want, who your book is for and what your budget allows - then I will get on with it, supervision-free, and leave you to get on with what you do best. I want to be the kind of freelancer I would want to hire myself -- i.e. one I can trust understands the gig, then delivers without micro-management needed. If this sounds good to you, I hope I can help!

Pictures in the gallery are from my books 'The Bloody British: A Well-Meaning Guide to an Awkward Nation', 'Avoiding Adulthood: Irresponsible Advice for Begrudging Grown-Ups', 'Humans Are People Too' and 'How to Take Over Earth' (plus a few other miscellaneous projects, to give you a better idea of my range.)

I'm also experienced in Adobe Photoshop and can do typography and graphic design work for covers.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Entertainment
Political Science & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships
Travel
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Picture Books

Work experience

Author & Illustrator

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 9 years)

Author and illustrator, published by Random House, Ullstein, C.H. Beck, Langenscheidt, PONS and W. F. Howes. 12+ non-fiction books, primarily humour, travel, language-learning and entertainment.

Books including:

Writer/Illustrator, The Bloody British (Albatross), 2019 (audiobook from W.F. Howes)
Writer/Illustrator, The Terrifying German Language (forthcoming)
Writer/Illustrator, Life's Too Short to Learn German (forthcoming)
Writer/Illustrator, Avoiding Adulthood (Albatross), 2019
Co-author (w/ Linn Hart), Langenscheidt's Lazy Learners series (4 books), 2018-2019:
--- Sprachkurs für Faule (Englisch), Books I and II
--- Language for Lazy Learners (German), Books I and II
Co-author (with Linn Hart), Holy Moly! (Langenscheidt), 2018
Writer/Illustrator, Die Nerven, die Briten!, (Goldmann Random House), 2018
Writer/Illustrator, How to Take Over Earth, (Ullstein), 2018
Writer/Illustrator, iHuman: User Guide (Albatross), 2017
Writer/Illustrator, Erwachsenwerden für Anfänger (C.H. Beck), 2015
Writer/Illustrator, Gebrauchsanleitung Mensch (C.H. Beck), 2014
Co-author (with Adam Fletcher), Denglisch for Better Knowers (Ullstein), 2013
Editor, How to be German/Wie man Deutscher wird by Adam Fletcher (C.H. Beck), 2013
Co-author (with Adam Fletcher), The Hipster Guide (Donkey Products), 2013

Articles/op-eds, etc., as published in: The Guardian, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BILD, Frankfurter Algemeine, Frankfurter Rundschau, Hamburger Morgenpost, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Berliner Kurier, ORF, Matador, Venture Village/Heureka, Mash Stories, etc.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Bloody British: A Well-Meaning Guide to an Awkward Nation

Paul Hawkins

Ever said sorry to an inanimate object?Formed a queue… on your own?Or spent the whole night standing naked in a stranger’s cupboard because you’re too polite to ask for help? (Don’t ask.)Being British isn’t easy. Especially if you live abroad, where your countrymen aren’t exactly famous for, well, blending in.As his beloved homeland goes Brexit bananas, bestselling humourist Paul Hawkins takes... read more

Ever said sorry to an inanimate object?Formed a queue… on your own?Or spent the whole night standing naked in a stranger’s cupboard because you’re too polite to ask for help? (Don’t ask.)Being British isn’t easy. Especially if you live abroad, where your countrymen aren’t exactly famous for, well, blending in.As his beloved homeland goes Brexit bananas, bestselling humourist Paul Hawkins takes... read more

Avoiding Adulthood: Irresponsible Advice for Begrudging Grown-Ups (Life Is Hard... So Why Not Cheat?)

Paul Hawkins

“Devilishly entertaining, like a gin and tonic for your inner child” - Christopher Shevlin, Author of Amazon UK's (Humour) #1 bestselling 'Johnathan Fairfax' seriesAre you terrible at life?You’re not alone. But the problem isn’t you: it’s adulting - with its ridiculous expectations, soul-sucking admin and casual threats of prison.What if you could get all the perks of being a grown-up without ... read more

“Devilishly entertaining, like a gin and tonic for your inner child” - Christopher Shevlin, Author of Amazon UK's (Humour) #1 bestselling 'Johnathan Fairfax' seriesAre you terrible at life?You’re not alone. But the problem isn’t you: it’s adulting - with its ridiculous expectations, soul-sucking admin and casual threats of prison.What if you could get all the perks of being a grown-up without ... read more

Denglisch for Better Knowers: Zweisprachiges Wendebuch Deutsch/ Englisch: Fun Birds, Smart Shitters, Hand Shoes und der ganze deutsch-englische Wahnsinn

Adam Fletcher, Paul Hawkins

Is Your English not the yellow from the egg? Is it all under the pig? Well, my friend, you need Denglisch for Better Knowers! Denn hier gibt es wundervolle direkte Übersetzungen all der großartigen deutschen Begriffe und Redewendungen, die bis jetzt als nicht übersetzbar galten. Denglisch macht nicht nur wahnsinnig viel Spaß, es eröffnet auch die Möglichkeit, the Ausländer für the great German... read more

Is Your English not the yellow from the egg? Is it all under the pig? Well, my friend, you need Denglisch for Better Knowers! Denn hier gibt es wundervolle direkte Übersetzungen all der großartigen deutschen Begriffe und Redewendungen, die bis jetzt als nicht übersetzbar galten. Denglisch macht nicht nur wahnsinnig viel Spaß, es eröffnet auch die Möglichkeit, the Ausländer für the great German... read more

How to Take Over Earth: Der erste geleakte Bericht eines Außerirdischen (German Edition)

Paul Hawkins

Ist die Erde es wert, erobert zu werden? Offizier Zinfluu vom lila-grünen Planeten Splorta wurde von der Galaktischen Aufklärungsabteilung beauftragt, die Erde zu beobachten. Seine Mission: Herauszufinden, ob Invasion und Kolonisierung möglich sind. Seine Berichte an das Amt für intergalaktische Eroberung und planetarische Versklavung gelangten an die Öffentlichkeit und offenbaren erstaunliche... read more

Ist die Erde es wert, erobert zu werden? Offizier Zinfluu vom lila-grünen Planeten Splorta wurde von der Galaktischen Aufklärungsabteilung beauftragt, die Erde zu beobachten. Seine Mission: Herauszufinden, ob Invasion und Kolonisierung möglich sind. Seine Berichte an das Amt für intergalaktische Eroberung und planetarische Versklavung gelangten an die Öffentlichkeit und offenbaren erstaunliche... read more

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Nick Lennon-Barrett
Paul was great to work with from start to finish. I was working on a republishing project for my existing novel series, so commissioned him to completely revamp my three book covers, as well as design a cover for my new reader magnet. The communication was excellent throughout, and particularly so in those early stages as he put forward concepts and we agreed what was going to work across the s...
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Nick Lennon-Barrett, August 2020


R.K. Andris
Paul was great to work with… highly collaborative, engaged and professional. He brought strong vision and creative focus to the collaboration while remaining open to feedback. His commitment to quality was obvious throughout the process. A very enjoyable experience.

R.K. Andris, May 2020

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