Marion Deuchars

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Marion Deuchars
Marion Deuchars British Illustrator and Author 2013.jpg
Falkirk, Stirlingshire United Kingdom
OccupationIllustrator, author
GenreChildren's books, illustration
Notable works
  • Let's make Some Great Art
  • Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art

Marion Deuchars (born 1964 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire) is a British illustrator and author.


Deuchars attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1983-1987 where she obtained a first class BA Honours in illustration printmaking. In 1987 she was accepted to the Royal College of Art where she studied communication, art and design. In 1989 she received an MA with distinction.

Deuchars is best known for her distinct style of using hand lettering, which she first used in a D&AD annual report in 2002. To mark D&AD’s 40th birthday, the Annual Review was called "What’s the point", which was art directed by Vince Frost and all 5496 words of the text was written in pencil by Deuchars.[1] Her distinguishable style has been used on stamps for the Royal Mail to commemorate the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 50th anniversary. Deuchars worked in collaboration with Hat Trick Designs to produce six stamps.[2] Deuchars hand lettering also featured prominently for the British brand Cass Art,[3] appearing in their shop front windows, as well as in Jamie Oliver cookbooks. For the past two year she has provided illustrations to Carluccio’s menus, designed by Irving and Co.[4] Her 2009 book cover for Penguin Books for Burmese Days by George Orwell won the 2010 Book Cover Illustration Award from the V&A.[5] Deuchars worked for several clients including the Guardian newspaper where she was the sole illustrator for the Saturday paper between 2005-2007. She has also made over 100 book cover designs for Editorial Losada publishing in Spain.

In 2012, Deuchars was chosen by the British Council as one of six creatives to represent Britain at the World Design Capital in Helsinki.[6] She has won several awards including a Gold and Silver at the Art Directors Club NY[7] and three D&AD yellow pencils.[8] Deuchars has been a member of AGI since 2000.[9]

Deuchars is the author of a number of bestselling books including her first children's picture book, Bob the Artist, and a series of award-winning art activity books, including, Let’s Make Some Great Art and Let’s Make Great Fingerprint Art, all published by Laurence King Publishing. She has collaborated with Margaret Calvert in an exhibition and publication called If You Could Collaborate,[10] and a campaign inviting renowned designers to reinvent the current "elderly crossing" British roads signs by NB Studio.[11] She became a Royal Designer for Industry in November 2018. [12]

Deuchars is currently based in a studio in North London. She is married to graphic designer Angus Hyland.


  • Let's Make Some Great Art, 2011, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781856697866
  • Let's Make Some Great Placemat Art, 2012, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781856699211
  • Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art, 2012, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781780670157
  • Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists, 2014, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781780672816
  • Bob the Artist, 2016, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781780677712
  • Art Play, 2016, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781780678764
  • Colour, 2017, published by Particular Books, ISBN 9780141983356
  • Bob's Blue Period, 2018, published by Laurence King Publishing, ISBN 9781786270696


  1. ^ Noble, Ian (30 December 2006). "Picture Perfect: Advertising and Promotional Projects". Commercial Illustration: Mixing Traditional Approaches and New Techniques. Rotovision. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ "hat-trick design's commemorative RSC stamps". CR blog. Creative Review. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Up and down the City Road: Pentagram's Angus Hyland, Marion Deuchars and a tale of two clients". Eye Magazine blog. Eye Magazine Ltd. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Carluccio's Summer Menu 2011". Irving & Co. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ "V&A Illustration Awards 2010". V&A website. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  6. ^ Drajewicz, Dorota. "Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - 'Everyday Discoveries'". Back of the Envelope: Cultural Relations and Design at the British Council. British Council. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  7. ^ "91st Annual Awards". Art Directors Club website. Art Directors Club. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Professional Awards 2012". D&AD website. D&AD. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Marion Deuchars". AGI website. AGI. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  10. ^ "If You Could Collaborate". It's Nice That. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  11. ^ Alexander, Saffron. "These elderly crossing signs will make your day". The Telegraph website. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  12. ^ "The Royal Designers for Industry 2018 have been revealed". Design week. Retrieved 20 February 2019.