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    Vector illustrator and designer...

    Cartoons, characters, graphic & logo design and so much more!

    Welcome to the Ant Creations blog and website

    Hello! As you've hopefully deduced from the title above, this site is dedicated to showcase my work on the world wide web and also explain a little about the kind of illustration and design that I create. My name is Nathan Shelton and I have been drawing and doodling cartoons as long as I can remember! I have a passion for creating funky artwork, cool characters, unique illustration and great design in general! I've been running Ant Creations the business since I started illustrating professionally in the year 2000, and am now based in Market Harborough, Leicester in the UK. Anyway enough with the reading, have a look around, check out my blog below and my work throughout the site, and if you need to get in touch I would love to hear from you. Kick back, relax and give your eyes a treat. Enjoy! 


    Pump Clip for The Langton Brewery - Welland Valley Vintage Traction Club

    The Langton Brewery have another great beer to add to their collection. This one is named 'Traction' and has been especially created for Welland Valley Vintage Traction Club. The beer should be available in designated fine drinking establisments in and around the Leicestershire area soon. As you may know I've created many pump clips and beer labels for the brewery over the years. You can see them all in my portfolio.

    If you spot the pump clip at a bar near you then feel free to take a pic and post it on my Facebook page. I always like to see my work out and about in the real world. Cheers and enjoy!


    The Health & Safety Fails Collection - These 2 guy

    I’ve been creating illustrations of these two guys off and on for a few years. They’re two little characters created to convey a message on health and safety in the workplace, and basically how not to do it! I recently created a load of new illustrations and have just added it to my Behance site.


    Here’s a link to the project on Behance, and if you get a chance I would love to know what you think.

    Cheers Nathan

    BTW ALL of these illustrations are available to purchase individually via my iStock portfolio, or feel free to get in touch with me at and I'll be happy to discuss selling them direct either individually or as a set.


    Leicester Tigers - Welford character design - He's Grrreat!

    If any of you good people are Leicester Tigers fans you might recognise this grrreat guy. It's Welford the official mascot for Leicester Tigers - the English rugby union team based in Leicester (obviously).

    I've been illustrating the Tigers Family (#Tigersfamily) cartoon strip for the past two seasons, and you can see every single cartoon strip as well as sketches and even video on their very own blog.

    This project however is all about Welford. Welford has been the offical Leicester Tigers mascot for some time now, but until recently he has only been seen in his physical form. He can usaully be seen on the pitch and in and around the Welford Road ground, meeting the fans and interacting with the kids. Now however he is also famous in his 2D, fully illustrated version!

    He appears in many forms of promotional and marketing material both online and in print. You can see him in several places around the ground, on matchday promotional and fun (JTC - Junior Tigers Club) items and across the Tigers external marketing range.

    Below you can see Welford in his claws out 'Thriller' pose :) You can also see him in several other classic poses as well as some early sketches of Welford before he was created in his final glorious full colour vector version.

    Let me know if you're a fan of Welford and be sure to take a pic and send it to me if you see him around. Feel free to leave some comments below, but please keep them clean if you're not a Tigers fan ;) Cheers and enjoy!

    If you'd like to see more of my character creations then click here and give your eyes a treat :)


    Boardgame created for Northern Rail - Rambutan 

    "All aboard(game)!". I recently created this illustrated board game for Northern Rail whilst working with a great company from Market Harborough called Rambutan. The final vector based artwork was designed to replicate a generic roll the dice type of boardgame, with a beginning (GO - which represents now) and an end point (WIN - representing the future and beyond). The journey represents a train track and each 'place/square' represents a month of the year which also states a different company goal/target for that month. There were some success cards added to continue the boardgame idea which stated some important company targets etc. And to personalise the whole thing all the characters and surrounding artwork represents Northern Rail and/or the company in some way.

    The end piece was printed up to A2 and used in their management conference to quickly and simply explain the companies journey for the next couple of years and beyond. Apparently it went down very well in the conference and hopefully helped explain the company vision in a fun and simple way.

    The final artwork is below and some close ups to show you the details. I've also added a couple of the early sketches I created which were used to sell/explain the idea to the client.

    As usual I would love to know what you think and any feedback you may have. Cheers and enjoy!



    He's mad! Sun Madness pump clip - Middleton Wholesale

    If the sun was mad then surely this is how he would look. Shades on, beer in hand, tongue out and happy as Larry! Well that's what I think anyway, and so that's how I've depicted the big blazing blighter on the new pump clip designed for Middleton Wholesale and appearing right now at The Sun Inn in Kislingbury.

    I design quite a lot of beer related images, mainly for Langton Brewery. You can see all the pump clips, beer labels and everything else beer related in my beer themed portfolio

    Let me know if you make it to the Sun Inn and sample a pint of Madness. Take a pic and send it to me and I'll post it here and on my Facebook page. Cheers and enjoy!