Trina Dalziel

When I was younger I dreamed of becoming a secret agent but being an illustrator definitely suits my skills and personality better!



Where do you live?

Where have you lived?
I grew up in Forres in the north of Scotland. Studied at Maidstone College of Art in Kent, England. Have lived as an au pair in Copenhagen, Paris and Helsinki

What medium do you use?
Mostly hand drawn with pens, brushes and inks then completed in Illustrator. Occasionally, oils on paper

How do you stay inspired?
Exhibitions, films, books, trying to walk slowly and look at things

Where do you buy your art supplies?
Cass Arts in Islington, London

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
A mixture of the two

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
I couldn’t pick a favourite (it would seem cruel to the other colours!).

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
Because it’s the job I’ve wanted since I was six years old.

Name something you do in your spare time.
Making sweets, baking cakes, keeping scap books of printed ephemera, making felt.

Where would you like to travel to next?
Armenia and Georgia or the Trans Siberian Railway or Corsica or..just a day trip to the coast!

What movie have you seen several times?
North by North West, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies with Doris Day and David Niven, Three Colours Red

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Mutley the dog from the Wacky Races

What is your favorite cheese?
Grilled halloumi

What do you listen to while you work?
BBC Radio Four or sometimes story tapes of books that I would never get round to reading, I am currently listening to Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
My mum’s soup

How do you stay in shape?
Yoga and long walks

How don’t you stay in shape?
Working from home and forgetting to go out!

What is your current favorite font?
Gill Sans for the last twenty years!

How do you take your coffee?
In the mornings lattes with almond croissants, with rich puddings – espresso

Whom would you like to meet?
The American writer Joan Didion. I’m also keen to meet British women who worked as illustrators in the period from the 40s to the early 80s. As I’m planning to create an oral archive of interviews, about the careers and lives of some of these women.

What question would you most like to be asked?
Tomorrow, would you like to go for a walk in the countryside?

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
The Carbon Free Diet for Body and Soul Magazine – but I enjoy them all!


Trina is an Art Director's dream and a rare talent. She is a pleasure to work with because she is charming, extremely creative, intuitive, and really listens to the brief!”

Paul Reid, Art Director, Cobalt id

I worked with Trina on a children's craft book. She took my very loose briefs and created wonderful artworks that worked perfectly with the photography of children’s sewing projects. She seemed to know exactly what was needed, was quick, enthusiastic and lovely to work with – I would thoroughly recommend her!

Hannah Moore, Designer, Dorling Kindersley

It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Trina over the past six years. Each month we present her with the challenge of illustrating our diverse opinion piece articles and each month she delights with her inventive interpretation of the topic in hand. Trina always succeeds in providing a sensitive treatment of often difficult subject matter.

Stephen Harulow, Editor, Bulletin - The Official Magazine of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Client List

All You Magazine
American Greetings
Angels Magazine
Atlanta Magazine
Baltimore Magazine
Better Homes & Gardens
Body and Soul Magazine
The Boston Globe
Charleston Weddings Magazine
Chronicle Books
Centennial Media
Compendium Inc
Continental Magazine
Diabetic Living
Dorling Kindersley
Duncan Baird Publishers
Family Circle Magazine
Family Fun Magazine
Fit Pregnancy
Girl Scouts USA
Heart Healthy Living
Huffington Post
Illustrated Ape
Indianapolis Monthly
The Land of Nod
Legacy Publighing
Live Happy Magazine
Lupus Now Magazine
Madison Park Greetings
Marin Magazine
Meredith Corporation
Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine
New Jersey Monthly
Northwest Meetings Magazine
Oopsy Daisy
Peter Pauper Press
Quarry Books
Quarto Publishing
Real Simple
Rhode Island Magazine
Running Press
Sainsburys Magazine
Selvedge Magazine
Spa Magazine
Sports Illustrated Kids
Sterling Publishing
Suffolk Alumni Magazine
Tigerprint/Hallmark UK
Time Asia
TwoFour Group
Trader Joe’s
Unique Photo
The Washington Post
World Wildlife Fund
Yoga Journal

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