Paul Hawkins

Paul Hawkins - Designer

Berlin, Germany

British comedy author and illustrator. 10x trad. published (Random House, Ullstein, C.H.Beck, etc.). Keen to help others with illustrations.

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Overview

I'm a comedy writer and illustrator. While I'm primarily working as an author, traditionally published in Germany/the UK (represented by Landwehr & Cie., published with Random House, Ullstein, C.H. Beck, Langenscheidt and PONS), I'm interested in doing freelance illustration work too. Writing is great, but I also love to draw - there's something immensely rewarding about turning a blank page into something the human brain is poised 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's never shaken from people's minds. Think Roald Dahl. Think Dr Suess. Your mind finds the pictures.

As your illustrator, I can help liven up your book and make it more commercially appealing. As an author myself, you can trust me to read/"get" your work, and find an illustration style that compliments it. I will care about getting it right as much as you do. My speciality is humorous drawings, which compliment the main text; concept-driven pieces, packed with little jokes.

I aim to be easy to work with: ideally, you won't have to give me complex instructions and lots of sketches to work from - I hope that we can just talk, I can get an idea of what you're after through chatting with you for as long as it takes, and then you can trust me to get on with the job, so you can get on with the work you're good at. If you don't want another job to manage on your plate, I hope I can take that weight off your mind. 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 supervision needed. If this sounds good to you, I hope I can help you.

Pictures in the gallery are from my books 'Avoiding Adulthood: Irresponsible Advice for Begrudging Grown-Ups', 'iHuman: a User's Guide', and a few miscellaneous projects, to give you some 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 Books (Non-Fiction)
Entertainment
Politics & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships
Travel
Fiction
Children's Picture Books
Humor & Comedy

Work experience

Author & Illustrator

Random House, C H Beck, Ullstein, Albatross Publishing
January, 2012 – Present (over 7 years)

- Feature Films, Short Films, and Script Development.
- Author of 12+ traditionally published humour and language-learning books
- Articles on ('If you're going to open your mind, try not to let your brain escape...')

Books including:

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, überlin, Berlin Loves You, Source_Code{Berlin}, etc.

Script Supervisor, Script Reader, Script Development

CineParralel, Satel Film, Enjoy! Entertainment
January, 2009 – December, 2012 (almost 4 years)

- Freelance script report writing and development for Television and Film, and helping develop feature-length screenplays across all genres, from family films to thrillers (UK/Australia.)
- Script Supervisor for international co-production (UK/Austria) feature film 'Where I Belong' and UK production 'Night Cycle.'
- Part of the Directing Department; responsible for continuity, script development, planning and organising shot-logging, problem-solving during filming, falling asleep on set, and daily production reports.
- The primary liaison between the director and the editor; and between all other departments on set regarding story and continuity issues (especially camera, lighting, sound, wardrobe, make-up, and art departments.)
- In 2009, I also worked for UK comedy magazine The Fix.

Skillset Cross-Platform Production

Crossover Labs
January, 2009 – December, 2010 (almost 2 years)

- A seven month invite-only course designing cutting-edge, creative media projects.
- Included pitching sessions, practical workshops and master classes from professionals.
- Course culminated in a final pitch to an esteemed panel of commissioners and producers.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

iHuman: User Guide

Paul Hawkins

"Shines with bone-dry British humour" - Ivo Kaufmann, ORFHuman beings are probably the most fun thing it is possible to be on Earth. However, through a unique combination of advanced features like Brain, Thumb and Leg Erection Technology™, they are also the most complex, which is why you can't just point one blindly in the direction of society, slap it on the bum, and hope for the best.Indeed,... read more

"Shines with bone-dry British humour" - Ivo Kaufmann, ORFHuman beings are probably the most fun thing it is possible to be on Earth. However, through a unique combination of advanced features like Brain, Thumb and Leg Erection Technology™, they are also the most complex, which is why you can't just point one blindly in the direction of society, slap it on the bum, and hope for the best.Indeed,... 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

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