Eoin Ryan’s beautifully textured editorial illustrations & cover art

Check out Irish illustrator Eoin Ryan's recent editorial work for various publications and cover art for Margaret Atwood's classic novel The Handmaid's Tale.


London-based Irish illustrator Eoin Ryan has released a series of new editorial work and beautiful cover art for The Handmaid’s Tale novel.

His beautifully textured and patterned work is created from line drawings scanned into Photoshop and Illustrator. He then cuts out textures made using scanned ink washes and colourises and shades them using Photoshop, bringing a striking combination of contrasting colours.

Eoin has worked for an extensive range of clients including Faber, Universal Music, Wallpaper* Magazine, GQ and Penguin Books.

We spoke to him about a striking set of illustrations on Indian weddings for an article in Wallpaper* in 2011.

Eoin’s recent editorial work includes book review illustrations for Literatur Spiegel and Science Journal’s Nature, an article illustration for Think publishing and coverart for Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

Image: Editorial piece for a review of Ian McEwan's new book Nutshell, published in Literatur Spiegel. The book retells Shakespeare’s play Hamlet from the point of view of an unborn child.

Image: Cover art for a new edition of Margaret Atwood's award-winning The Handmaid's Tale, published by Vintage Books.

The dystopian novel is set in a totalitarian North America that has overthrown the US government. Themes of women in subjugation and how they gain agency are explored.


Image: This editorial piece is for a review of German author Navid Kermani’s Sozusagen Paris in Der Spiegel’s library supplement Literatur Spiegel.

The novel explores a writer’s nostalgia for the great love of his youth.

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Image: This illustration is part of a series to accompany Science Journal Nature's Autumn Books section.


Image: This illustration is part of a series to accompany Science Journal Nature's Autumn Books section.


Image: This illustration is part of a series to accompany Science Journal Nature's Autumn Books section.

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Image: Illustration for a Think Publishing article.