J O A N N A    L A Y L A


EMAIL: joannalayla.art@gmail.com

INSTAGRAM: @joannalayla

FACEBOOK: @joannalaylaillustration

TWITTER: @joannalayla



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’.


Recent Press:






The White Company & Little White Company

Burning Eye Books

Healthy Magazine / The River Group

Elbow Room / As Yet Untitled Publishing

Lyric Hammersmith


Bombay Sapphire


The Woodland Trust

Cardboard Citizens / Wellcome Trust


John Brown Media / Waterside Inn

Welcome to Macintosh

Central Saint Martins

Grace, Vienna

Lyrix Organix

K. Anderson

Natalie Su Dance Company

Amaka Boutique

Breast Cancer Care

National Youth Theatre


The Spitz

Hackney Museum

A Hackney Autobiography

Grace Savage

Ina Shai