Craig Mcewan

Craig Mcewan
BA (Hons) Illustration // Edinburgh College of Art ’19

Craig is an illustrator based in Edinburgh, specialising in wildlife art and pet portraits.

“I mainly find inspiration from animal facts I learn, and try to express them through my work. My technique consists of portraying animal features convincingly, whilst having a specific atmosphere that highlights the animals qualities. I do this with the texture building techniques I have developed over the years, combined with intense detail that together create the desired effect.

I read as often as I can which also inspires many of my illustrations. These usually involve characters from novels. My travels are another source of inspiration. Learning about different cultures and traditions entices me to create artwork based around these themes. I always take a fresh sketchbook when I travel with the goal being to have it full by the time I come home.

Since graduating, I have focused on marketing my work and finding new outlets for my designs. I have been selling my work with the Scottish Design Exchange since July 2019, which has allowed me to be part of some charity events for YMCA Scotland and Edinburgh’s cat and dog home. I have also created work for the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels.

I enjoy selling my work at artist markets which gives me the opportunity to meet new clients. This has led to many public and private commissions, including work for cafés and hotels around Edinburgh. I’ve also participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions which has allowed pieces of my work to find a new audience”.

Craig previously took part in the GRADCURATE Spring 2020 Exhibition at the Bloc Gallery in March. Other Edinburgh venues in which he has exhibited his work include the Botanic Gardens and Red Door Gallery.

Greyfriars Bobby
Acrylic on paper
38 x 38 cm

Black and White Owl
Acrylic on paper
30 x 40 cm


2015 – 2019
BA (Hons) Illustration, Edinburgh College of Art.


GRADCURATE Spring 2020 Exhibition, Bloc Gallery, Edinburgh.
Brill Jewellery & Coffee, Edinburgh.
Degree Show 2019, Edinburgh College of Art.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh.
Red Door Gallery, Edinburgh.
Fatty Owls, Edinburgh.
Strigicake, Edinburgh.

Other Experience

Member of the Scottish Design Exchange