Ben Jennings is an illustrator and cartoonist working just outside London who has produced work for a variety of clients worldwide. His style can lend itself to serious subject matters, often tackling tricky topics with bold imagery, social comment and metaphor, as well more light-hearted briefs that allow him to inject his sense of humour and capture likenesses when necessary with distinctive caricatures/portraits.
Ben’s regular work as a topical cartoonist for The i Newspaper and The Guardian, as well as often illustrating for Op-ed’s, require him to have an astute political awareness and constantly keep an ear to the 24-hour news cycle, as well being capable of turning around work quickly to tight deadlines. He likes to distract the viewer with his work, whether it be to make them think or laugh (or both), and tries to communicate ideas that hit the nail on the head of whatever the subject might be.
Ben graduated with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Illustration from The University of Westminster and has contributed work to exhibitions in London, Paris, Hanover and Berlin – including having work displayed at London’s renowned Cartoon Museum. He was also the youngest ever winner of the “Political Cartoon of the Year” award, which he won in 2011 for a piece published by The Guardian, and his cartoons have featured in several books. Winner of the prestigious 2017 Cartoon Art Trust Award for Caricature.
Previous clients include: The Guardian, Amnesty International, The i newspaper, The Independent, GQ magazine, Esquire magazine (USA), Heineken, New Statesman, Big Issue, British Airways’ High Life magazine, Thjnk, Professional Footballer’s Association, The Observer Magazine, POLITICO Europe, Financial Times’ Pensions Expert, American Way magazine, Index on Censorship, Inside Housing, Pulse magazine, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation), Completely London magazine, World Development Movement.