About the design

I wanted to create a banner that is vibrant, energetic, and patriotic. Something that celebrates and conveys the sense of occasion and pageantry associated with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In reflection of the length of her reign, I have adopted a style that combines both retro and contemporary influences, from the 50’s to the present day.

After some initial research and consideration of the design, I created a pencil sketch to work out the composition. This design then formed the basis of my illustration which I created digitally using Adobe creative software. The ’70’ featured is inspired from the newly minted fifty pence piece. This forms the foundation to my composition from which all the other elements link to.

About the artist

"I viewed this as a fantastic opportunity, challenge and a privilege to contribute my art to such an exciting initiative. Not only do the banners celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but they also highlight and celebrate five local artists and for their skill and individuality in how they have interpreted the brief."


Richard Webb is based in Worcester and works as an artist and designer. He studied art and graphic design at the Cheshire School of Art and graduated in 1986. Since then he has worked predominantly within the advertising and creative industries, initially as a designer, then progressing through to art director and creative director. Illustration has always been a passion for Richard and he has explored many styles throughout his career. However, he is probably better known for his unique hand cut style, namely ’Hand Cut Originals’ which he launched in 2014.

When he is not working in his capacity as an artist or designer, he teaches too! Richard now offers ‘Hand Cut Experience’ workshops from his studio in Worcester. Richard is also involved in curating art exhibitions, mainly for schools and the educational sector around the Worcester area.