Susannah English studied illustration at Camberwell School of Art under Chris Corr, Paul Cox and John Lawrence. She subsequently embarked on a successful career as a freelance illustrator, undertaking editorial, advertising and publishing commissions in a variety of media. Her work, which combines a delicate graphic simplicity with an idiosyncratic English charm, was a familiar feature in many of the high quality magazines of the eighties and nineties such as Arena, Tatler and Country Living and those more traditional domains of editorial illustration, the Radio Times and The Listener. Her illustrations have also appeared in a host of women's magazines such as Elle, Good Housekeeping and Perfect Home. Indeed, her very first commission was for IPC's Honey magazine - beloved of teenage and twenty-something women in the 80s. National newspapers The Observer, the Telegraph and The Sunday Times have all published her work and her drawings were used in the campaign to launch the Independent newspaper.
As well as providing illustrations for a number of health initiatives such as smoking, pregnancy and fitness for the BBC and Department of Health, she has also illustrated several cookery books including Italian Vegetarian Cookery for Century Hutchinson. She memorably provided a cover for Alternative London by the late Nicholas Saunders, which included instructions for making petrol bombs and tips on how to successfully squat a building, in the same week as providing a picture for a piece on the year's most successful parties for Tatler magazine.
Recently her work has centred on enhancing texts through hand-illuminated maps. She provided the