Fine Art and Illustration

Joel Lardner

Senior Lecturer – Illustration

MA Illustration, Kingston University (1992–95). BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Leeds Metropolitan University (1989-92). PGCE, University College for the Creative Arts (2006-08).


Joel Lardner is an Illustrator and Graphic Artist based in the UK. His constantly evolving practice has spilled onto newspapers, book jackets, fashion advertising, T-shirts, and even snowboards.

Joel’s practice is documented in many key text books and international surveys of contemporary Illustration. He is currently exploring new opportunities and directions for illustration in his role as Senior Lecturer at Arts University at Bournemouth.

Professional practice

Joel Lardner is continuing with his extensive engagement, and further development, of his professional practice. Illustration clients have included Sony Europe, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian Newspaper and BBC Radio 1.

Joel has lectured widely across the sector and exhibited internationally.  His work has appeared in numerous industry leading international publications.

He is actively engaged in creative discourse with students regarding his research, live projects and professional practise in order to examine and develop new contexts and platforms for Illustrators to inhabit and exploit.

Professional memberships

  • The Association of Illustrators (AOI) - Illustrator Membership


  • 3×3 Illustration, NYC. Merit Award (Animation) (2016)
  • AUB Research Fellowship Award (2009–2010)

Research Specialism

Joel’s current focus is on the development of collaborative work and an exploration of new digital platforms available to Illustrators. He is currently interested in vintage picture books, skateboard graphics and using this vocabulary to pursue new directions for his practice.


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