Illustration

My drawings and illustrations combine hand-drawn lines with flat bold colours, with a bit of humour creeping in around the edges. I love to draw people, as portraits, or as glimpsed ‘reportage’ moments.

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Books Beyond Words 

I have illustrated several stories for Books Beyond Words, publisher of picture-led books for adults who have learning disabilities. The books are accessible for people who don’t read words, and are designed to help with life’s concerns, such as health, emotional and social issues. My role combines illustration with co-authoring, with pictures being the primary tools to tell the story. www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk

'Love in Lockdown' cover
'Love in Lockdown' cover

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P4 'Love in Lockdown'
P4 'Love in Lockdown'

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P36 'Love in Lockdown'
P36 'Love in Lockdown'

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'Love in Lockdown' cover
'Love in Lockdown' cover

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Books Beyond Words - 

'Love in Lockdown'

Continuing to tell the tale of Kali and Stefan: the story finds them separated by the Covid lockdown, each stuck in their respective homes. They are missing each other, and the pandemic is taking its toll on their emotional lives. They receive support to find ways to be together safely, first of all remotely and then in person. Finally we see them receiving both their vaccinations for Covid, and their relationship is able to develop.    

37 illustrated pages, published as a free download by Books Beyond Words 2021.

Having a Test for Coronavirus - covers
Having a Test for Coronavirus - covers

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Having a Test for Coronavirus P4
Having a Test for Coronavirus P4

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Covid Testing Centre information sheet
Covid Testing Centre information sheet

A double-sided picture sheet illustrating the drive-through testing process

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Having a Test for Coronavirus - covers
Having a Test for Coronavirus - covers

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Books Beyond Words - 

'Having a Test for Coronavirus' & 'Having a Home Test for Coronavirus'

Online resources produced in Summer 2020, to help people understand some of the processes involved in getting a Covid test, both at a testing centre, and as a home test. Featuring Kali, the same character in 'Beating the Virus' and 'Belonging'.

Selected images from the story are available as a pictorial information sheet illustrating the drive-through testing process.

Published as free downloads by Books Beyond Words 2020.

Beating the Virus - cover
Beating the Virus - cover

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Beating the Virus P1
Beating the Virus P1

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Beating the Virus P25
Beating the Virus P25

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Beating the Virus - cover
Beating the Virus - cover

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Books Beyond Words - 

'Beating The Virus'

This story was produced in Spring 2020 as a response to the Covid-19 crisis, to help people with learning disabilities navigate the health situation, and keep themselves and others safe. Developed with partners including Public Health England, the story revisits Kali and Stefan, who we first met in 'Belonging'. Kali lives on her own and is unwell, and the story shows her getting the advice and support she needs. 26 illustrated pages, published as a free download by Books Beyond Words 2020.

Choosing My First Job - cover
Choosing My First Job - cover

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Choosing My First Job P4
Choosing My First Job P4

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Choosing My First Job P38
Choosing My First Job P38

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Choosing My First Job - cover
Choosing My First Job - cover

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Books Beyond Words -

'Choosing My First Job'

'Choosing My First Job' looks at the challenges for young people when they are leaving education and going into the workplace. Zac, Chelsea and Amy need support to help them explore their options and find a job that really suits them. 40 illustrated pages; published by Books Beyond Words 2018.  

Belonging - cover
Belonging - cover

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Belonging P2
Belonging P2

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Belonging P29
Belonging P29

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Belonging - cover
Belonging - cover

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Books Beyond Words -

'Belonging'

In 'Belonging', two isolated people, Kali and Stefan, face a trauma together and then find that they can help each other and start to form a community. The story was developed using drama with performers from Access All Areas theatre company. Published alongside the Access All Areas 'Madhouse' project exploring the history of institutionalisation. 30 illustrated pages; published by Books Beyond Words 2018.  

Going to Church - cover
Going to Church - cover

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Going to Church P2
Going to Church P2

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Going to Church P33
Going to Church P33

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Going to Church - cover
Going to Church - cover

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Books Beyond Words -

'Going to Church'

'Going to Church' explores the story of Alan, a young man who is seeking a faith-based and spiritual dimension in his life, but finds it daunting to join a church without support. 38 illustrated pages; published by Books Beyond Words 2017.  

A Day at the Beach - cover
A Day at the Beach - cover

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A Day at The Beach P1
A Day at The Beach P1

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A Day at the Beach - P14
A Day at the Beach - P14

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A Day at the Beach - cover
A Day at the Beach - cover

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Books Beyond Words - 

'A Day at the Beach'

'A Day at the Beach' was part of the Picture This initiative between Books Beyond Words and Kent Libraries. The project worked collaboratively with Beyond Words book club members to create and develop new stories. This is a light-hearted story in which a group of friends enjoy a day at the seaside, but are pestered by a troublesome gull. 15 illustrated pages; published by Books Beyond Words 2016.

Patient using Hospital Passport
Patient using Hospital Passport

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Hospital Passport
Hospital Passport

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Going Into Hospital - 2 illustrations
Going Into Hospital - 2 illustrations

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Patient using Hospital Passport
Patient using Hospital Passport

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Books Beyond Words -

'Going Into Hospital'

I provided two illustrations for the updated re-publication of Books Beyond Words' 'Going Into Hospital' title, showing a Hospital Passport, and a patient using his Passport to help him communicate with a nurse. Published by Books Beyond Words 2015.

Greetings Cards
Greetings Cards

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Passion Flower cards
Passion Flower cards

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Greetings Cards in Stockist 3
Greetings Cards in Stockist 3

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Greetings Cards
Greetings Cards

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Greetings Cards

A range of my illustrations and portfolio work are available as Greetings Cards - they can be purchased online from my website's Shop page.

 

Also stocked in the following outlets:

  • Quena, Camden Market, London

  • Merrygardens, Deal, Kent

  • Astral Gypsy, Coventry

  • HM Graphics, Leamington Spa

  • Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth

  • Farthing Gallery, Kenilworth

The Hyacinth Project
The Hyacinth Project

Logo design and branding for a project providing indoor winter hyacinths to isolated residents during Covid

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Album Cover design
Album Cover design

Rosie Bergonzi EP - 'A Very Handpan Christmas'

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Paintings - commissions for private clients
Paintings - commissions for private clients

Small square canvas paintings of plant forms

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The Hyacinth Project
The Hyacinth Project

Logo design and branding for a project providing indoor winter hyacinths to isolated residents during Covid

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Illustration and Design Commissions

Assorted commissions for drawings, paintings, illustration and graphic design projects.

Flower Market
Flower Market

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Tourists Break
Tourists Break

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Drawing Class
Drawing Class

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Flower Market
Flower Market

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Portfolio - People

Portraiture and reportage moments, mostly captured from life. 

Big Orange Flower
Big Orange Flower

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Big Red Flower
Big Red Flower

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Virginia Creeper
Virginia Creeper

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Big Orange Flower
Big Orange Flower

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Portfolio - Flowers and Plants

Little Yellow Boat at Killyleagh
Little Yellow Boat at Killyleagh

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Little Green Boat at Amble
Little Green Boat at Amble

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Phoenician at St Katharine's Dock
Phoenician at St Katharine's Dock

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Little Yellow Boat at Killyleagh
Little Yellow Boat at Killyleagh

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Portfolio - Boats and Water

Cat-Scratched Chair & Wire Weasel
Cat-Scratched Chair & Wire Weasel

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Kendal Window
Kendal Window

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Eastgate
Eastgate

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Cat-Scratched Chair & Wire Weasel
Cat-Scratched Chair & Wire Weasel

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Portfolio - Interiors and Exteriors

Peacock Without Much of a Tail
Peacock Without Much of a Tail

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Greylag Goose
Greylag Goose

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Heron on its Nest
Heron on its Nest

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Peacock Without Much of a Tail
Peacock Without Much of a Tail

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Portfolio - Birds

P1 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi
P1 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi

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P2 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi
P2 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi

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P7 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi
P7 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi

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P1 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi
P1 'It's All About Choice' LBergonzi

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'It's All About Choice' comic

Story and art by Lucy Bergonzi 

 

First published on website 'All Is Not Well – Comics About Care', a space for comic strips exploring experiences of care, from the perspective of the caregiver and of the person who receives care. Project run in partnership with Cardiff University.

 

www.allisnotwell.com

It's All About Choice' Cardiff exhibition 1
It's All About Choice' Cardiff exhibition 1

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'It's All About Choice' Cardiff  exhibition 2
'It's All About Choice' Cardiff exhibition 2

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It's All About Choice' Cardiff exhibition 1
It's All About Choice' Cardiff exhibition 1

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'All Is Not Well - Care Giving In Sequential Art' exhibition

 

'It's All About Choice', along with other comics from the 'All Is Not Well' project, in exhibition 'Care Giving In Sequential Art' at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff, 2018.

'The Inking Woman' at Foyles bookshop
'The Inking Woman' at Foyles bookshop

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'The Inking Woman' Lucy Bergonzi story
'The Inking Woman' Lucy Bergonzi story

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'The Inking Woman' book
'The Inking Woman' book

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'The Inking Woman' at Foyles bookshop
'The Inking Woman' at Foyles bookshop

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'The Inking Woman'

By Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate 

An extract of my comic 'It's All About Choice' is featured in 'The Inking Woman', a history of female British cartoonists, published by Myriad Editions in 2018.