Sean O’Brien is an illustrator and animator from the UK who likes exploring character-driven narratives througout his work.

His core practice involves observational drawing, 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, Financial Times Weekend, 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.

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The Good Stuff Cafe

Illustration Animation + branding

Working with Leah Fredrikson to create a brand identity for “The Good Stuff Cafe” in Boscastle, Cornwall.

Financial Times Weekend 26.12.2020

Editorial Illustration

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

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.

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?