Neil Hughes Puppet Illustration | About me


Freelance illustrator, sculptor and crafty type person based in London. Specialising in handcrafting puppet characters for emotive storytelling.

Covering a number of techniques from concept art, model making, painting, costume sewing, set design, photography and computer editing to complete the final illustration or animation. My models are made using air polymer clay, plaster cast, fabrics, acrylic paints, feathers and other found materials. Wire armatures and changeable features allow for the models to pose and display a variety of movements and expressions.
My art is heavily influenced by the whimsy of everyday life and how this encourages the characters to behave.


Character Design | Model Making | Craft | Illustration | Photography | Editing | Storyboarding | Adobe Photoshop | Illustrator | InDesign | Web design | WordPress | HTML | CSS | Microsoft Office |


2005-2008 – UCLAN
BA(Hons) Illustration – Degree 2:1

2003-2005 – Stockport College
BTEC ND Graphic Design – Triple Distinction


Manchester Art Gallery
Lloyds TSB AoN 2011

Manchester Whitworth Gallery
‘Popped’ Exhibition

London V&A Museum
Lloyds TSB AoN 2011

Earls Court Exhibition Center
‘D&AD New Blood’