A day in the life: Ben the Illustrator

Ben the Illustrator in an office drawing
(Image credit: Ben O'Brien)

Ben the Illustrator, aka Ben O'Brien, has an unmistakable style, and his colourful vector illustrations have graced everything from Twitter Flashtags to campaigns for The Old Vic and Girl Scouts USA. 

He's also living proof that experiments and side projects can become bona-fide income streams. As well as his usual practice, he works under the moniker Ben Draws, using a line art style that began as an experiment. Like many of us, he started a new project during lockdown – Cover Versions, saw him create a new take on classic album sleeves. But unlike many of us, that project kept going – you can still buy these covers today, and if your favourite's not available, you can request it.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.