J O A N N A L A Y L A
Joanna Layla is an illustrator based in South East London. She graduated with First-class Honours in English Language & Literature – a degree that sparked her interest in visual language and communication. Seeing illustration as a parallel discipline to literature threads though all her work – from design to her poetic interpretation of a brief.
She is drawn to the human form – both the body in fashion but also in literature and art. Her ability to draw – and using reportage and sketchbook work as the foundation for her practice – brings a vivid quality, gesture and brush work to her illustration.
She has recently created illustrations for clients including Burning Eye Books, John Brown Media, Healthy Magazine, Hackney Museum, A Hackney Autobiography, Dressed&Naked and Welcome to Macintosh, and brands including The White Company, Bombay Sapphire and Grace Vienna. She loves illustrating live and has created live artwork for Penguin Children’s Books, The White Company, and most recently a live interdisciplinary collaboration for TedX with David Kam and Natalie Su Company. In 2016 she created illustrations for the 50th anniversary production of Cathy Come Home at The Barbican which The Guardian described as “Joanna Layla’s elegant graphics …took us into the world of tenements, hostels and campsites as if evoking a whole society”.
In 2017, Joanna Layla was shortlisted for the Prize for Illustration 2017 at London Transport Museum with Association of Illustrators. In the same year two new animation projects with Lizzy Rowlatt for The Woodland Trust debuted at Hay Festival and for Lyrix Organix at Kate Tempest’s Brighton Festival. 2017 also brought an array of editorial commissions and her first book illustrations for Deanna Rodger’s debut collection ‘I did it too’.
C L I E N T S
The White Company & Little White Company
Burning Eye Books
Healthy Magazine / The River Group
Elbow Room / As Yet Untitled Publishing
The Woodland Trust
Cardboard Citizens / Wellcome Trust
John Brown Media / Waterside Inn
Welcome to Macintosh
Central Saint Martins
Natalie Su Dance Company
Breast Cancer Care
National Youth Theatre
A Hackney Autobiography