Michael Driver's eye-catching illustrations are both rich and simple at the same time

London-based illustrator Michael Driver has just graduated – but you wouldn’t know.


Surprise, surprise – the eye-catching work of Michael Driver, who caught our eyes at Kingston’s 2015 grad show, has caught even more eyes. Judging by his ever-growing body of work (in both quantity and quality), he isn’t going to let anyone’s gaze slide from the tip of his pen - or brush, or mouse, or whatever - anytime soon.

Since graduating, his work has graced more than just Digital Arts: as well as being commissioned by The Guardian to create a weekly illustration series, Michael has also impressed The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Wired and The Telegraph

Though it’s easy to imagine Michael’s work stretched, moulded and grown into diverse forms and contexts, its fit with editorial content is effortless and immediate. It is rich, textured and – quite frankly – very pleasant to look at, which can’t hurt when you want to sell newspapers. 

On top of this immediately pleasing aesthetic is Michael’s ability to condense a complex idea into one clean image with simple geometry, making his work and ideas a perfect break from a long, in-depth article. Here, we’ve put together our favourite from his work since leaving University.

Image: window cleaners in a self-initiated project 

Michael has recently released a series of self-initiated work that he's hoping will 'revamp' his portfolio. 

Image: another self-initiated piece that, once again, makes the most of bright, incredible colours 


Image: self-initiated

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Who wants to give this pixelated cat a stroke? 

Image: self-initiated 


Michael's delving into animation has served him well, as shown by the success of this tricky perspective piece. 

Image: self-initiated 


Michael's weekly series for The Guardian depicts days in the life of different jobs titles.

Image: a brain surgeon (top); an archaeologist (bottom)

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Image: a charity worker (top); a tattoo artist (bottom) 


Image: a midwife (top); a homeless outreach worker (bottom) 


Image: pig farmer (top); teacher (bottom) 

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Image: actor (top); Police Community Support Officer (bottom)


Image: An accompanying image to an article for The Huffington Post on 401(k)s, which are is a "tax-qualified, defined-contribution pension accounts" in the United States, according to Wikipedia - or "something to do with savings", according to me. 


Image: for The Huffington Post article on 401(k)s

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Image: for The Huffington Post article on 401(k)s


Image: From the car section of The Telegraph about the deadline on a speeding ticket.