Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Dunfermline, in the kingdom of Fife. He studied illustration at Liverpool Art School, where he was taught by the legendary Peter Bailey and then The Royal College of Art. Since he graduated in 1998, he has constantly worked as an illustrator in most fields. He has collaborated with the animator Jonathan Hodgson, and in 2000 they completed ‘The Man With The Beautiful Eyes’, a five minute animation for Channel Four Television which went on to win umpteen awards including the BAFTA that year. Jonny likes to spend some of his hard earned money on his cottage industry, Cakes & Ale Press, screenprinting books, posters, prints and boxed sets. In 2001 he co-published ‘The Captain’s Alphabet’ with Peter Sampson at Merivale Editions, which like most of his fine printed ephemera, quickly sold out.

‘Hot Jazz Special’, a book of red-hot rhymes and cool cats, is his first offering for children and published by Walker Books. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Victoria & Albert Museum Illustration Award. His other passions include Hank Williams and Emmett Miller at The Unquiet Grave. He often wears correspondent shoes and enjoys the odd fine whisky, whilst constantly pondering the life and times of the mysterious Rocket Man.

Johnny is an illustrator, and as such creates work that has a very strong typographic feel. He tends to use images that are constructed almost using typefaces. They have an impact on the drawing, the colors chosen and the style of font. In this image, there are about 4 different typefaces used, and each and everyone of them compliments the other. The way Johnny used the fonts within the image tells a story far easier and quicker than if there were lots of individual drawings. An interesting thought indeed…

Johnny Hannah
Johnny Hannah

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