Staff profile

Richard Levesley

Programme Leader

Richard Levesley


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



Programme Leader BA (Hons) Illustration

Teaching responsibilities

I am the programme leader for the BA (Hons) Illustration course, teaching across all year groups as well as on MDes and MA courses in Visual Communication. 

Professional interests

Wooden Dog Press is a Illustration collective that gathers together mine and Nicki McNaney's individual work and collaborative projects. ‌

Research interests

My research explores characterisation, storytelling and visual narratives. As a practicing freelance illustrator my work is underpinned by my professional experiences. The influences on my work come from real life observations, through media, overheard conversations and my own curiosities with people, dialogue and humor. Exploring images that naturally explore humour, and making comment on my own experiences. The artwork is created using a variety of media drawing, printmaking, and digital media but it all stems from my sketchbooks that I obsessively carry around with on a day-to-day basis.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy



Recent conferences

  • Conference Paper " Illustrated Worlds ": Richard Levesley & Marc Bosward Spatialising Illustration, Varoom, Swansea Met Jan 2013.


Experience in industry

I am a freelance Illustrator and have been commissioned by the following:

Additional interests and activities

2011 Curator and event manager of the AOI Images 35 Best of British Illustration touring exhibition, exhibited at Markeaton street.

I practice as a freelance Illustrator and have been commissioned in Editorial, Advertising and Design, developing advertising campaigns in collaboration with Art Directors, Copywriters and Designers.

Recent publications