Puffa jackets, high ponies and football pitches. There’s more than a bit of Ellie Andrews in her idiosyncratic illustrations. There’s also as much of London as the Deptford resident to be found in her drawings; from Sports Direct, rave-goers and Nike trainers via empty lidos and taloned hands clutching cartons of tropical juice Ellie’s world is a summery look at a distorted London Town through a satirical yellow-blue-and-pink cat-eye lens. Looking a little like across between a Byker Grove youth club flyer and a Richard Neutra architectural blueprint Ellie’s art is cutting through the clamour of contemporary illustration.
Harking back to a pre-digital age of bubble writing, zines and collaging her drawings make us nostalgic for Viz, Beano and Dandy and the gang. You’ll want to flick through her cartoons with your mates in the locker room at break time over a Vimto and a Time Out before heading to swimming. Her characters are as muscular as they are greasy, as busty as they are naughty and framed with Take That curtains and well-geled baby hairs. Ellie’s cockney cheekiness and terrace-lad tongue-in-cheek humour means her art is some of the most inimitable and exciting work in London right now. It’s no surprise that Ellie makes up part of the ever prevalent Camberwell-grads
And we’re not the only ones who’ve sipped the Gatorade; Ellie sketchings have been featured by the New York Times, MTV.com, The Debrief, Business Week Magazine, and, she is the mastermind behind our girls’ Keash Braid’s logo. Ellie’s work has also been shown across the Atlantic at Tan Lines in Chicago and Goodmother in Oakland CA. Most recently Ellie’s been creating packaging designs for Urban Outfitters; painting bikes for Fred Perry and designing a long-sleeve baby pink t-shirts.
Football is a running theme in in Ellie’s life and she’s a key member of Boiler room women’s football team. If she’s not on the pitch, you’ll most likely find her keeping her energy levels up at a rave or completely vertical watching re-runs of Charmed! Failing that, anyone wanting to get in touch should seek her out in any old boozer between Deptford and Camberwell. Cheers.