Toby Leigh: polite scam artist

Work / Illustration

Enter Tobatron/Toby Leigh – the wittiest retro janus-faced illustrator around

It’s a bit dull having just the one identity so why not ape a cartoon hero and create two? Toby Leigh sketches dodgy Londoners, makes little comics and uses 0.3mm mechanical pencils. Tobatron creates retro instruction manual parodies, produces satirical tea towels and prefers Adobe suite.

Both provide some of the wittiest illustrations around. With the sharpest observational eye, Toby Leigh and Tobatron can nail a character from trainers to hair in a few lines. He’s got a faded colour palette so good you’ll want to eat it and he can turn his slick style from editorial to tote bags in a flash. No wonder he’s worked for The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, Sony, FHM, Vodaphone, Channel 4 and Volkswagon. Oh, and his anti-Olympic bags have just been bagged by the V&A. One for the bookmarks bar.


Toby Leigh: Mr DVD


Toby Leigh: Guardian Money


Tobatron: tea towels


Tobatron: Olympic bags


Tobatron: FHM – how to train like wolverine


Toby Leigh: sketchbook


Toby Leigh: sketchbook


Tobatron: Radio times spread


DJs Complaining and Toby Leigh: no.1