Sean O’Brien is a Brighton based Illustrator who uses visual language to explore character-driven narratives. His core practice involves observational drawing, visual scribing, writing, and taking a pencil for a walk. You can see more of Sean’s work with Minute Books, a performative press that uses live scribing and design to document events. Sean uses traditional drawing-based methods alongside digital colouring to capture the fun and playful moments in everyday life.
He has worked with clients such as Ambit, Canvas8, IFLA, Tortoise Media, The Barbican, Cancer Research UK and, has co-directed two projects with Minute Books which were featured on It's Nice That and also in the Observer.


Financial Times Weekend 26.12.2020

Editorial Illustration

Editorial Illustration in response to Nicholas Lander’s piece “Can restauranteurs turn the tables?”.

Yes Chef!
X Print Social

Illustrated T-Shirt

Yes Chef! takes it to the fashion industry with its first piece of merchandise! The campaign donates 10% of every sale to the British Heart Foundation.

Illustrated Tapes #087

Illustrated album cover

Ride to the Sun: A playlist inspired by post-work bike rides from Summer 2020.
Commissioned by Illustrated Tapes to create an illustrated playlist with my own theme.

Seed Magazeen #3


Seed Magazeen commissioned me to create a “spot the difference” for their issue on Vegetables.

How many can you find?

Yes Chef!

Illustration + branding

Yes Chef! is an exploration into illustration and branding. The characters belong to a traditional italian restaurant, that serves only the best when it comes to a red sauce.