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A photo of Jim Connolly at work

I graduated from the Manchester Met in 2000 having studied Illustration & Animation. I returned to my home city of Sheffield and spent the next 8 years working firstly for Can Studios and then for DESQ. During this time my side-line of drawing gig-posters, CD covers and t-shirt designs allowed me to develop my love of comic style illustration and slowly build my own style.

In 2010 I took the plunge and went fulltime freelance as an Illustrator. Since then I have worked on all manner of illustration jobs from beer pump designs, stage show projection graphics, digital murals, poster campaigns, sweet packaging, logos, t-shirt designs, Apps & online games. I have also created many art-prints.

I would describe my style as primary, fun and eye-catching but also edgy. I like my pictures to be full of movement with characters bursting out of borders and objects colliding with logos to keep it exciting. My passion lies with comic style work but I also relish working in many varied styles and learn from every commission I work on.

I currently live and work in Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester. I have a lovely wife called Melissa, a daughter called Roisin and a dog called Betty. I work mainly on a Cintiq 21UX with Manga Studio, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Flash but also with good old pencils and pens on a drawing board. I have plenty of experience of in-house work (scroll down for testimonials) as-well-as solo adventures.

As a hobby I co-run the Meat for the Beast podcast where I get to have a good geek out. Previously I have played in a few bands like The Friends of Batman.

Selected Clients

worked for either directly or via other companies:

Iron maiden
Rough Trade
Open University
BBC Webwise
Big Cheese Magazine
Sheffield College


My rates are negotiable, particularly for longer periods of work. Please contact me for a specific quote.

£250 per day
£35 per hour



David Squire, Creative Director at DESQ
"Jim takes a great deal of professional pride in his work. He's always prepared to commit fully to what he's creating, to understand the brief and to take that extra creative step. He's open to feedback, very hard working and very easy to work with. He brings his unique sense of humour to his work - which sometimes is even appropriate."

David Squire - Creative Director
Stewart Morton-Collings, Business Development Manager at Matmi
"Matmi have had the joy of working with Jim on a number of high profile projects and his amazing graphics, dedication, professionalism and general cheery demeanor have made him a firm favourite with clients and the whole team alike. We don't often use freelance illustrators, but we will always call Jim when we're in a pickle."

Stewart Morton-Collings - Business Development Manager