Retrospective: The Toff

In 2010 I was commissioned by FHM magazine to do an Illustration to go with an article “How to Pull a Toff”.


I had less than 2 days to do the job with some guidelines of how they wanted the character to be dressed- quite specific and stereotypical- a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt, shorts and tights, Ugg boots and wearing sunglasses on her head. It was my first real experience of a published Illustration commission- the money really helped me that year as I only had a temporary job and I was proud to work for an established magazine. I remember at the time I wanted to create an Illustration of the character that wasn’t distrespectful to women and chanelled a sort of “Lara Croft attitude” as that was my initial idea of an educated, young, rich, fashionable, horse riding sort of woman at the time. In short I wanted her to look like she was saying- “you can try to pull me but don’t for one minute think you actually can”.



Author: Christine Garner

I'm an Illustrator from the UK working in digital and traditional mediums with a focus on character design.

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