Conceptual and editorial Illustrator John Holcroft

Conceptual and editorial Illustrator John Holcroft grew up in Lancashire and moved to Yorkshire when he was nine. In Yorkshire spent most of his childhood drawing and painting. During his college years, he became a fan of artists like David Cutter, Ian Pollock and Edward Hopper. He left with an HND in Graphic design and after working in design for the next few years he felt he needed a change and so, he pursued illustration, a passion he had always have. In 1996 he took the plunge and started freelance. For the first 5 years, he painted all his work on canvass paper and as you can imagine, this was rather time-consuming. It was in 2001 that John started to familiarise himself with technology and executed his artwork using a Wacom tablet and Corel Painter. Since then John Holcroft has reinvented his style about 5 or 6 times. In2009 decided to create a sustainable style with a little more longevity. My past clients include BBC, TUC, Reader’s Digest, Financial Times, Walker Books, The Guardian, The Economist, Haymarket, conde nast, TES and Experian, Informa Plc, New York Times, Honda, Wall Street Journal. You can see more of his work at

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (