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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Hi! I'm Paul and I make books. 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's great, but I also love the visual side of making books - 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 branding helper(!), 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 concept 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.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Political Science & Current Affairs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sex & Relationships
Humor & Comedy
Picture Books

Work experience

Author & Illustrator

January, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

Clients, publications, etc.:

Random House, Ullstein, C.H. Beck, Langenscheidt, PONS, W. F. Howes, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BILD, 4Talent, Crossover, Sheffield DocFest, CineParrallel, Satel Film, Enjoy! Entertainment, Seriencamp PITCHPOOL, Hamburg Open Online University, Bournemouth University, Skillset Media School, The Fix! Magazine, Frankfurter Algemeine, Frankfurter Rundschau, Hamburger Morgenpost, Berliner Kurier, ORF, Matador, Venture Village, Donkey Products, Mash Stories, etc.

Paul has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Paul designed my front cover and was brilliant to work with - full of great ideas, knowledgeable, friendly and responsive. I absolutely love the cover he came up with - he really captured the essence of the book. Would definitely recommend!

CLAIRE FOSKETT, February 2021

Chris Shevlin
Paul is great. For me, three things about his work on my covers really stood out: 1. He understood my book. The cover has to convey the genre in a split second, but it also has to communicate the book’s feel and style. That last bit is the hardest to get right, but Paul did it. 2. He understands Amazon. Designs have to stand out as tiny thumbnails on a crowded page, as well as working on the ...
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Chris Shevlin, January 2021

Lux Narayan
Paul's a delight to work with. The only issue working with him is that he gives you so many new ideas, you're sometimes spoiled for choice. I enjoyed all my interaction with Paul and consistently got the feeling that he truly cared about my book and took the trouble to understand it well before embarking on design. I also learned a lot through the process of working together and have a feeling ...
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Lux Narayan, December 2020

Don Descy
Paul is a great person to work with. He knows regular and self publishing and has great ideas about how to present you book for optimum exposure. He is a wonderful editor, a great cover designer and really knows interior book design. I am sure that you will be very happy with any work he does for you. He goes the extra mile for you.

Don Descy, October 2020

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

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