Eleanor Tomlinson is an award-winning artist and illustrator based near South Cave, East Yorkshire. She has been selling her artworks and taking on commissions since her mid-teens. Eleanor's artwork has travelled across the UK and the world. From early on she knew this is what she wanted to do as her career and hasn't let her age be an obstacle in pursuing her artistic ambitions.
Eleanor has lived in rural East Yorkshire all her life, which has been a huge influence for much of her artwork today. Over the past years, whilst studying for her GCSEs, A Levels and her degree in Illustration, Eleanor has been expanding what she does by taking on increasingly more varied commissions, from pet portraits to bespoke wedding stationery. At the same time Eleanor has been launching increasingly more products and designs and hasn't looked back since.
Everything started back in 2011, with a single greetings card, when Eleanor was thirteen. She entered a local design a Christmas card competition advertised in a local magazine, The Journal. The competition was ran by Osprey, an Osteoporosis charity carrying out life-changing support in the local area. Eleanor was lucky enough to be the winner of her age category and her 'Robin in the Snow' design was created into Christmas cards to help raise money for the charity. Following this, Eleanor had the wonderful opportunity to help sell her Christmas cards at a local Christmas fair and the experience, of seeing the full process from design to end product, inspired her to design and create her own greetings cards range. Her first cards range, Tilly Trotter's Designs, was born. Tilly Trotter, being a fun family nickname from when she was little.
Each Christmas after for the following 5 years Eleanor designed, produced, and sold her cards at fairs & events whilst at school; even getting her products into a couple of local, independent retailers. By the time Eleanor left school, following finishing her A Levels, she was completing a constant and steady flow of commission work. The following September she moved to Cambridge to start her Illustration degree at Cambridge College of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Eleanor quickly realised city life wasn't for her and that ultimately, she wanted to continue working for herself and be based in her beautiful home county of Yorkshire. For the subsequent two years of her degree, Eleanor transferred to York St. John University, York. This has enabled her to continue her degree whilst expanding her business all in Yorkshire.
Following the end of her course at her Degree Show in June 2019, where Eleanor received the Arts Entrepreneur Award 2019, Eleanor went straight into working full-time for her creative business. She later graduated from York St John University with a First- Class Honours degree in Illustration at York Minster in November 2019. At her graduation Eleanor was awarded 3 awards for her academic and creative achievements: the Art Undergraduate Final Project/ Dissertation Prize, Art Undergraduate Programme Prize and the School of Art, Design and Computer Science Prize.
She now looks forward to working on an array of new and exciting projects, both with private and commercial clients alike; brand names including Joules among many others. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with Eleanor if you are interested in working together.