Hello, I’m Gemma.
I am a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person.
I’m the author of – among others – “A Cat’s Life” (Te Neues, 2012), “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette” (Dog N Bone, 2013) and “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” (Andrews McMeel, 2015). You can find out more about my books and comics here.
My illustration clients include Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books and The Observer.
My wonderful Illustration agents are Anna Goodson Management.
You can find my contact details on this page.
Am I currently taking personal commissions? –
YES / NO
What other people are saying about my work …
“wtf. worst cartoons ever!” – Luc Walker of Australia
“I don’t understand this new illustration trend that’s… just bad pen drawings … at least put effort into things not pen doodles” – Gabe, from Twitter (and also, Australia)
“… ugly, pig-faced drawings … ” – Angry Canadian lady
“How is this funny? Like at all?” – Mariah (location unknown, but I’m guessing probably Australia)
T-shirts are over at New Standard (USA)
“Four Eyes” Greetings cards and homewares at Urban Graphic (UK)
Gifts, cards and homewares at Ohh Deer (UK)
and badges and magnets at Badge Bomb (USA)
exhibitions and events (upcoming)
For up-to-date details of upcoming events and appearances please see my blog.
solo shows (selected)
Ceci N’est Pas un Pug // Land Gallery, Portland OR (october-november 2012)
gemma // Ó Galleria Porto, Portugal (november 2012)
I Spy With My Little Eye @ Pictoplasma // Kunstbox, Berlin (april 2012)
I Like You // cream espai creatiu, Barcelona (jan-feb 2012)
graham is a weirdo // tatty devine, London (june 2011)
group shows (selected)
Work Party – British Comedy // London UK (dec 2014)
Scout Books Art Show – Land Gallery, Portland OR (july 2013)
SPACE! The Gallery Show – Gallery 1988, Los Angeles CA (july 2013)
The Big Bang Theory / Warner Brothers Show – Comic Con San Diego CA (july 2013)
Cats & Cartoonists – Orbital Comics, London (july-aug 2013)
Pictoplasma // Cappellini, NY (february 2013)
PSSST! // Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Germany (december 2012)
Pokémon Battle Royale Group Show, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis MN (april 2012)
the 100€ show // Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam (May 2011)
ADC Young Guns // ADC gallery, New York (oct 2010)
art trek // antwerp, belgium (july – september 2009)
lazy oaf’s drawing club :: London (april 2009)
The Worrier’s Guide to Life :: (Andrews McMeel, 2015)
The Diary of Nibbles, Age 3 1/2 :: (Dog + Bone, 2014)
It’s A Punderful Life :: (Dog + Bone, 2014)
A Pug’s Guide to Dating :: (Dog + Bone, 2013)
A Dog’s Life :: (TeNeues, 2013)
A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette :: (Dog + Bone, 2013)
A Cat’s Life :: (TeNeues, 2012)
What I Wore Today :: (Octopus/Spruce, 2012)
Doodling for Dog People / Cat People / Foodies / Fashionistas (Walter Foster, 2015)
Doodling for Nature Lovers / Book Lovers (2016)
Pig and Pug (Lynne Berry – Simon & Schuster, 2015)
Being a Girl (Hayley Long – Hot Key Books, 2015)
The Trials of Ruby P. Baxter (Joanna Nadin – Oxford University Press, 2014)
Design Funny – A Graphic Designer’s Guide to Humor (HOW, 2015)
Oh, the Places You’ll Eff Up – A Parody for your Twenties (Ulysees Press, 2014)
Pinterest Perfect (Walter Foster, 2014)
Hello Kitty, Hello 40 : A 40th Anniversary Tribute (VIZ, 2014)
100 Reasons to Panic about Getting Married (Knock Knock, 2013)
100 Reason to Panic about Having a Baby (Knock Knock, 2013)
100 Reasons to Panic about Getting Old (Knock Knock, 2014)
100 Reasons to Panic about Being a Cat Lady (Knock Knock, 2014)
100 Reasons to Panic about Growing Up (Knock Knock, 2015)
Catmas Carols :: (Chronicle books, 2013)
Hanukcats : and other Traditional Jewish Songs for Cats :: (Chronicle books, 2013)
everything is going to be OK :: (Chronicle books, 2012)
First World Problems :: (Weldon Owen, 2012)
little paper planes :: (Chronicle books, 2012)
Mameshiba : On the Loose! (VIZ, 2011)
Meet Mameshiba (VIZ, 2011)
i heart stationery :: (rotovision, 2011)
The Tote bag :: (laurence king, 2011)
Uppercase work/life :: (uppercase, 2011)
The Indie Rock Poster Book :: (chronicle 2010)
VELO : the bike book :: (gestalten, 2010)
The bigger book of fashion illustration (2010)
art trek :: the book :: (2010)
the exciting world of pattern design :: (zeixs, 2010)
printpattern :: the book (laurence king/chronicle, 2010)
global contexts of illustration :: (mark wigan, AVA, 2009)
INK this- tattoo art (mao mao publications, spain, 2009)
O2 magazine: Paradise (china, 2009)
illustrated fonts (linksbooks, spain, 2009)
the secrets of digital illustration- (rotovision/zeegan, uk, 2007)
Society of Illustrators :: Comic & Cartoon Art Annual (2014)
ADC Young Guns annual :: (ADC NY, 2010)
3×3 Awards annual :: (3×3, 2010)
AOI annual (2012)
INK international illustration exhibition catalogue (2009)
comics and zines
My New York (and San Francisco) Diary – (Standard Issue, 2014)
I Enjoy Being a Girl (self published, 2012)
Cats On Planes Volumes 1 & 2 (self published, 2012-2013)
The Little Book of Puns Volumes 1&2 (self published, 2012-2013)
this is a zine (café royal, 2009)
Henries – Best Humorous Greeting Card Range for Four Eyes from Urban Graphic (2014)
Society of Illustrators Comic & Cartoon Art (2014) Selected
Young Cartoonist of the Year (2012) Runner-Up
ADC Young Guns 8 (2010) Selected
3×3 Professional Show (2010) Selected
AOI Illustration awards – Judge (Self-Initiated category) (2014)
Pick Me Up London – Workshop (2014)
HiFest – Workshop and Speaker (2014)
Thought Bubble – Special Guest (2014)
Where did you study?
I went to art school in Norwich (England) – I have a BA (hons) degree in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration.
Why do your illustrations look like a five year old drew them?
I hire a five year old to do all my work for me. I pay him in fudge. His name is Alan.
Are you available for an interview on my blog?
Possibly. I am very busy and get a lot of interview requests, but I will answer if I can.
You can e-mail me at gemmacorrell @ gmail dot com
Do you take personal commissions, for portraits n stuff?
Maybe. You can view my current commission-taking status at the top of this page ^.
What’s your favourite colour?
What’s your starsign?
What’s your favourite word?
What are your favourite Movies/Tv shows/ Books?
Movies – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dogtooth, La Vie en Rose, Wayne’s World, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Royal Tenenbaums, Anything by Michel Gondry or featuring Gael Garcia Bernal.
TV Shows – Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Louis Theroux’s documentaries, anything involving models or Australian people. I don’t actually have a TV though.
Books – I’ll just tell you some authors that I like, or we’ll be here forever – Bill Bryson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Torey Hayden, Margaret Atwood. I like books, I do. I have a Goodreads page, here.
How do you scan your images / contrast them / clean them up?
I scan my images into photoshop and then use the “Levels” tool to adjust the black/white until I’m happy with the result. Same if the image is in colour, although that makes it a bit trickier to get the balance right. I just use the good ol’ fashioned eraser tool for any mistakes (although often, I’ll just leave the mistakes in the drawing)
Which pens do you use?
I use PITT artist pens, Uniball Eye and UniPin fineliners, as well and Kuretake ZIG Art & graphics Twin. For colouring, I use watercolour, ink, Kuretake brush markers and Kuretake Clean Colour brush pens. For murals, I like Posca paint pens, or Kuretake “Paintys”
Are you related/married to Damien Correll?
No. It is funny that we have the same surname though, as it is quite an unusual one…. but we live in different countries and have never actually met (yet).
Is being an illustrator a real job?
No, it’s a fake job. I actually run a very successful drug smuggling ring. I just pretend to draw things and distract people with my cute pug.
Who are your favourite artists?
Camilla Engman, Lab partners, Sandra Juto, Beatrice Alemagna, Elisabeth Dunker, Quentin Blake, Tom Gauld, Simone Lia, Sara Fanelli, Ray Fenwick, Aya Kakeda, Carson Ellis, Brian Rea, Oliver Jeffers, Mary Blair, David Hughes, Harriet Russell, Anouk Ricard, Lizzy Stewart, Mia Christopher, Julia Pott, Marc Johns, Anke Weckmann, Jen Collins, Maira Kalman, Liza Donnelly, Tuesday Bassen … the list goes on, but my fingers are tired.
where do babies come from?
You don’t want to know.