Matthew Slater

A creative's play space


As a child, I had the freedom to explore on a farm and in countryside in which I could play, get muddy and expand my imagination. Years later, my illustration work revisits this idyllic world with a sense of fun, playfulness, whimsicallity and nostalgia. Commercially, I am more tied to a variety of design and illustration styles that fit the appropriate demands of sales managers and clients.


Left to my own devices I can enter a world of caricatures, cartoons and quirky animals where I am equally at home sketching in cafes as beneath windswept trees on lonely hills. I love sketching on an iPad or with a trusty fountain pen on a favourite sketchpad.



Indesign : Illustrator : Photoshop : iPad (Procreate app) : pen and ink : watercolor : acrylic inks and occasionally a little paint


Illustration Themes

Gardening : farming : wildlife : countryside : equine : nature : cartoons : whimsical : cute : caricature : vintage machinery : Urban Sketching


Commercial Design

Greetings cards : gift bags : wrap : stationery : partyware: calendars : activity sets : catalogues : newsletters : fliers : leaflets and lots more...


Clients / Day job / Commissions

IG Design Group (Anker International / International Greetings)

(includes work for Primark, Poundland, Matalan, Boots etc.)

National Trust

99p Stores

Piccadilly Greetings

Urban Saints

Chiltern and Thames Rider Magazine

Absolute Horse Magazine

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Riding for Disabled Association

St Albans County Council

St Albans Museum

... and numerous private commissions



2 solo exhibitions in St Albans

St Albans Art Society Equestrian Prize

Entries in other exhibitions



Self-taught designer and illustrator

Environmental Studies Degree

Various Business Management courses

Permaculture (Introductory Course)