This one is for agents, travel magazines, brands and tourist boards

Barcelona sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

I’ve received my own copies of the Gudrun Sjödén sketch diary, and they’re lovely. I hope customers have enjoyed them too.

Myfanwy Tristram: printed Stockholm diaires for Gudrun Sjoden

I really enjoy creating this type of work, so I’m going to actively seek more of it. In fact, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be approaching agents, brands and tourist boards with this message:

I can create a sketch diary for you.

What’s more, as an introductory offer, if you are the first tourist board to approach me, I will do it in return for my travel expenses and accommodation.

Get in touch and we can discuss the fine details. Meanwhile, here are some examples of my previous work (click to see them bigger):

Barcelona sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Barcelona sketch diary: see the whole diary here.


p14 Alaveteli sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Madrid sketch diary: See the whole diary here


Stockholm Diary p4 Myfanwy Tristram

Stockholm sketch diary: See the whole diary here


Frome sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Frome sketch diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Bristol and Frome sketch diary: See the whole diary here


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Santiago sketch diary: See the whole diary here


Bath diary page 3

Bath sketch diary: See the whole diary here


Not exactly what you’re looking for? Don’t worry, I can adapt to your needs — let’s talk.

Things you should know about me

  •  I’m a vegetarian, I don’t drive, and I tend towards the eco side of things. So I’m probably not a good fit for an off-the-beaten-track villa, a Mongolian raw meat restaurant, or that “Jeremy Clarkson meets climate change deniers” event you had planned (although, now you mention it, that does sound like the basis for rather a good comic strip…).
  • On the other hand, if you want to promote your craft retreats, veggie festivals, train rides across Europe, walkable city, or cycling tours, I am all over that.
  • But I will consider anything, so don’t be afraid to ask!
  • You’ll get the ‘real me’: that’s what makes my sketch diaries unique, and what (according to their comments) readers find most compelling. I record the ups and downs of any trip, but of course, I’ll never do so to the detriment of your brand. Unless I find out you are actually sacrificing baby chinchillas on altars made in a sweatshop. Then I’ll sever our agreement and sell my sketch diary to the press instead.
  • I have a husband and an 11 year old kid. If they’re also included in the trip, you’ll get some child-focused content too. And maybe some hilarious marital spats.
  • My main interests are drawing (well duh), design, visiting museums and galleries, shopping (especially at second hand shops and markets), running, cycling, and seeking out the things that make places a bit different from home.
  • Brands I really like include: Marimekko, Seasalt, Braintree, Fitbit, Asics, Nike, Lush, Bravissimo, Doc Martens, Birkenstocks and, obviously, Gudrun Sjödén.
  • I’m pretty good at drawing fashion, people, shopping and buildings. I haven’t drawn, but would certainly like to tackle: factories, industry, ships, manufacturing processes.
  • I’m based in Brighton, UK, but am prepared to travel almost anywhere by public transport. Brighton is close to Gatwick Airport for international travel, and most parts of the U.K. can be easily reached by train.
  • I’m especially interested in Scandi countries, the Scottish Isles, Iceland and Japan. But I am up for visiting pretty much anywhere.
  • Typically, I work on my return, from photographs I take during my trip. While a 2 or 4-pager can be turned around in a couple of weeks, longer sketch diaries may be completed up to 6 weeks after my return (depending on its length and complexity, and my other commitments).
  • Images will be delivered as high resolution jpegs for you to use as you wish – printing and distribution, or adding to your website will be your responsibility.
  • I would also love to work on longer projects. Artists like Wendy Macnaughton, Julia Rothman and my all-time favourite Miroslav Sasek give me hope that there’s a market for this kind of book.


Published by Myfanwy Tristram

I am an illustrator, situated in Brighton on the south coast of England, and with a special interest in comics and graphic memoir. I also work for a non-profit which encourages people to be active in democracy and to exercise rights such as the right to information through FOIA.

17 thoughts on “This one is for agents, travel magazines, brands and tourist boards

  1. I have been wearing Gudrun’s clothes for years now – I absolutely love her style, although I can only afford two or three pieces a year, which I coordinate with cheaper items from Gap. I also wear Doc Martens for most of the year, except for when it gets too hot, which doesn’t happen much in the UK! I have an artist friend who used to live in Brighton but now lives in Bexhill, so I know it a bit – the last tiem we came down was for a Caspian gig. I adore your sketches. I spotted Tove Jansson influences – another love of mine. I’ll keep dropping by to see what you are doing :)

    1. Thanks for the lovely comment! Yes, I do love the Moomins :)

      Gudrun is pretty expensive, but her clothes last, which is refreshing. And of course,there’s always eBay, although I find GS clothes go at almost the same price as new on there!

  2. I wish you the best of luck with this idea Myf. I think it is excellent. Your colourful style and interesting eye for quirky detail makes your illustrations worth poring over. If anyone can make this work, you can , I suppose it’s just getting your stuff seen by the right people. The Gudren Sjoden sketch diary is a great first ‘published’ example to show how it could work commercially. Keep us posted on progress!

  3. So admire your pursuit of your passions. As a consumer endorsement: I must admit I would have no choice but to be enamored with any brand or organization that featured such engaging and colorful artistry as yours. I was unfamiliar with Gudrun Sjödén before following your work and am now considering my first purchase. Look forward to becoming acquainted with other worthy companies, etc, via your projects!

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