About Nozomi Inoue

Photo credit: Morgan Williams

I am a freelance illustrator based in Greater London. I have always loved drawing and creating things with my hands. In secondary school I discovered that there is such a career as a professional illustrator, and that was the moment I decided that I wanted to be an illustrator one day.

My works are predominantly hand-painted illustrations using acrylic, gouache and colour pencils, sometimes with collage of painted papers. I then scan in the artwork to add even more textures and do a re-touch. Usually I paint the characters and people separately from the background so they are put together at this stage. I enjoy the process throughout but the painting is my favourite part of illustrating.
I aim to convey colourful, quirky, heart-warming illustrations with a bit of humour to give people a smile on their faces.

My work was shortlisted for Transport for London and Association of Illustrators' joint competition, "Sounds of the City" and was exhibited at London Transport Museum in 2017.

I have studied BA illustration degree at Kingston University and graduated in 2008. Since then I have been commissioned to produce illustrations for editorial, publishing, advertising, packaging design and animation.

I am a member of the Association of Illustrators.

Selected list of clients

Barnes & Noble, Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand, Make a Wish UK, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Quadrille Publishing, Cath Kidston, Local hero cafe Kingston & Fulham, Shueisha Inc., To b. by agnès b., Takarajimasha Publishing, Ei Publishing, President Inc. , NHK Publishing, Nippon Planning Center, Kobe Hankyu department store, Niigata Mitsukoshi Isetan department store, des bisous



October 25–27 "Unknown Asia" exhibition at Grand Front Osaka (Osaka, Japan)


May–Sep "Sounds of the City" exhibition led by AOI and TFL work shortlisted at London Transport Museum (London, UK)


December 5–10 “My favourite things” exhibition at Laundry Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
July–August Design@rt Museum exhibition at Uznaomom b one (Tokyo, Japan)
June 10–12 ­Illustrated 2016 at Ely's Yard Truman Brewery (London, UK)


Square Graphic art exhibition at Recto Verso Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)


“Every Little Thing” solo exhibition at Venetia's coffee shop (London, UK)


"House of Cards" Exhibition at Haunch of Venison as a part of Amelia's Magazine Artwork for the charity - Shelter (London, UK)