ILLUSTRATION: traditional

With a degree specialisation in illustration, David worked as an illustrator primarily in watercolours and mixed media, for clients such as Penguin, Thames & Hudson, The Radio Times, The Economist, Thorn EMI, Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Airways.

This traditional training and ability to draw is evident in a lot of The Ayres’ work. Nowadays illustrations are usually digitally produced – the traditional drawing board, paints and brushes all long since packed away.


Desk diary and calendar for Bank of Cyprus featuring flora and fauna of the Troodos Mountains.



A specialisation in architectural illustration has now proved useful again for some of The Ayres’ client base.

Hand-drawn skills are still as important today, even though illustrations are produced on-screen rather than on paper.

This allows for editing and colour changes to refine drawings until they are just as required.


Whitfield Street, London, for Estates & Agency Group

whitfield street


Uniquely commissioned illustrations bring a fresh and exciting appeal to your branding or marketing materials and are a great way to make your brand stand out from the crowd.


Good, honest home-grown produce v ‘posh-nosh’

happy veg


The Ayres produce numerous technical illustrations and info graphics ranging from plans for property companies to illustrated data for financial institutions, mobile phone companies and large multinationals.


Perspective of Churchdale Road development for White Design



Illustrations can add a bit of fun and humour.

The Ayres were asked to contribute an illustration to a set of cards based upon the theme ‘cupcakes’ in aid of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, in memory of Rupert Spurling.


Please visit Cardiac Risk in the Young →



‘Untouched by human hand’

untouched by human hand


Produced for a travel and tours company in Cyprus specialising in trekking and jeep excursions. The owner of the company wanted his sense of humour to come through in the icons that were designed to illustrate the features available on each excursion.


Selection of icons for EXALT Travel and Tours, Cyprus

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