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draw the line illustrator, Gaby, working in her home studio

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Welcome to the home of squiggly lines and wibbly splodges ~ custom made, specially for you

draw the line is all about celebrating the special stuff in life with products that are themselves special: completely unique original paintings, handmade to order.

Behind the brand is me, Gaby, a London-based illustrator, determined to spread a little joy with my wonky pictures and blobs of paint.

I work from photographs and client specifications to create stylised ink and watercolour portraits of homes, pets and cuddly toys. I also offer custom 'special place' paintings, so my clients can celebrate and commemorate the pockets of the planet that they treasure most, from graduation and wedding venues, to local pubs or beloved holiday spots.

I produce illustrations, not fine-art portraits, so my priority is always to capture personality over an exact likeness. This allows me to create freer, more stylish images which are completely distinct from any photographs of the same subject. That said, I do welcome customer input about the specific look and feel of an artwork, and will always try my hardest to fulfil requests!

Illustrator, Gaby, working on a painting of a black dogIllustration of the Bodleian Library in OxfordIllustrator, Gaby, with soft toys and their portraits
draw the line illustrator, Gaby, at work
ink & watercolour

how it began

draw the line first reared its little head on holiday in Florence in 2014. I'd spent the first half of the trip watching my travel companion sketch her way to stardom among the locals, gathering hordes of crinkly-eyed Italian grandpas, all clamouring to see their tomato markets and espresso cafes appear in ink and watercolour. Naturally, I grew quite jealous of it all and decided to try my luck.

I was a long way off crowd-gathering but I found there was something so GOOD about putting pen to paper. Within a few years, I was drawing and painting nearly every day, perched on city curbs or on grassy tufts out in the country. Without me even noticing it, my sketchbook had become my most trusty comrade and my work had settled into an illustrative style, full of colour and personality.

Now, I have the joy of painting for other people - of making something special out of their moments and spaces. It’s not quite the crowds of Italian grandpa’s that I was after. But it’s not half bad!

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    "Outstanding! The most perfect gift. Gaby went above and beyond expectations to make it the most beautiful picture. We will cherish it forever. Thank you."
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    "I'm thrilled with the illustration I ordered. It's wonderful and it captured our neighbour's house perfectly. She was overcome with emotion when she saw it and I know it'll take pride of place in her new home. Fantastic work and great customer service."
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    "I was so happy with this portrait of our late and much missed cat. The portrait itself is a gift for my husband and perfectly summed up the character and looks of our beloved pet. Many thanks to Gaby for her care and expertise. I would totally recommend this artist for her skill and consideration. Bonus - it arrived much faster than I expected! Thank you Gaby."
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    "I would 110% recommend Gaby if you are looking for a special portrait either for yourself or for a loved one. I couldnt be happier with my product. I couldnt have ordered from a lovelier person - thanks Gaby!"
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