Funny friend & family illustrations.

Something totally different and great for those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ people.

It is great to bring out the ‘quirk’ of your closest friends or family members. Imagine your loved-ones hand-drawn and painted as customised pictures. These delightfully funny illustrations are created with personality and resemblance. This makes them  a really entertaining gift that will stand out and be talked about for a long time to come!

A suitable gift for any celebratory occasion.

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Graduations, Christmas. The list is endless!

I work from your photos using top quality materials to produce your one of a kind Red Balloon illustration. All that is required are a few details about the people you would like illustrating, some photos and your 50% deposit to secure your commission slot. It’s easy! I try to keep in touch during the process from time to time too, so you aren’t kept in the dark. I like to be sure that I have captured the person’s personality well, so your input is invaluable.

brilliant portrait

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Thanks to Kirsty who did a brilliant portrait of my husband and I for our wedding anniversary x


August 2020

My friends were delighted with their portrait

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I recently asked Kirsty to do an illustration for my friend’s 50th wedding anniversary. My friends were delighted with their portrait. It was quirky, goof fun and something different for their big day. I would highly recommend Red Balloon Illustrations if you want that extra special gift.


August 2020

documents a part of our family history

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I really enjoyed the whole process whilst working with Kirsty on our fun family portrait. She listened to my ideas and created something totally unique, which documents a part of our family history…turning 50 during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown. When everything else was cancelled, Kirsty delivered to us something that will be enjoyed for many years to come.


August 2020

I love it!

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Oh Kirsty, I love it! I know exactly where it is going so it will be seen by everyone as they walk through the front door. It’s brilliant, thank you so much.


February 2020

I was thrilled to bits with my gift.

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I definitely recommend Red Balloon Illustrations. Kirsty is a talented artist who works hard to really capture the individual in the illustration and succeeds beautifully. I was thrilled to bits with my gift. I highly recommend Kirsty at Red Balloon Illustrations and looking forward to commissioning her to create another fantastic piece of art.


February 2019

amazing work.

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Kirsty has a natural talent and produces amazing work. She really cares that she is capturing the person who is her subject and does so beautifully and with humour. Her work is heart-warming.


February 2019

exceptionally lifelike and loved by all

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I would certainly recommend Kirsty and her illustrations, her service and subject to detail first class. The three family illustrations she produced of my grandchildren were exceptionally lifelike and loved by all. I will have no hesitation in commissioning more in the future.


January 2019

I would certainly recommend this artist. 

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I would certainly recommend this artist. She captures the personalities of her subjects beautifully. I love the piece I commissioned and so do all of my grandchildren. I actually shed a tear of delight when it arrived because I wasn’t expecting it to be that good.


January 2019

lovely illustration of my little family

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Kirsty is a very talented individual and created a lovely illustration of my little family for my new home. Great service from beginning to end. I would highly recommend and wish her every success. A true professional!


May 2019

captures me to the core

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When I was given this illustration, I was overjoyed. I wasn’t expecting it and I spent so long just taking in the details. I have never seen an illustration that captures me to the core. Even the way I stand and my true personality. This illustrator is truly remarkable.


February 2019

Magical and humorous snap shot of our family

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Kirsty has created a magical and humorous snap shot of our family that will be treasured for years to come. I can see the care and thought that has been poured into her work, making sure she considered many details about the characters she has depicted, right down to our cat! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent Kirsty, I feel so lucky to have a piece of your work.


November 2018

Affordable illustration portraits, starting from £55.

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