Easter bunnies at Fountains Abbey


So it’s pretty awful that this is my first post since December…things have been a leeeettle busy since then, but I haven’t stopped illustrating. I’ve finished a few projects in the last month and will be sharing them with you over the next few posts, plus something that I’m currently working on which I’ve been having fun with!

This year Fountains Abbey asked me to illustrate the clues for their children’s trail, which was all about bunnies. I have to say that once I started drawing one they just seemed to multiply…. (haha, sorry! Couldn’t resist!)

This was a really fun project to work on, and great to see the final clues printed on boards which were then placed throughout the estate. Trying to portray the bunnies doing human things was difficult at some points, needless to say I definitely looked to Miss Potter for some inspiration a few times!

Here are some of my favourites:






And here they are all together, shortly before being let loose on the estate!


Gorgeous Georgia

Sorry it’s been a while folks! I’ve been busy working in another job, but am glad to say that I’m back at my desk, and have taken up the pencil again (more on that soon).

I’ve got someone to introduce to you – Gorgeous Georgia! This is a character that I worked on over time whilst I was at Fountains Abbey, and these particular incarnations ended up in a children’s trail called ‘Talking without speaking’. The trail explored sign language in the 18th century and in the medieval times (Holy Henry was her medieval counterpart, and usual companion throughout the estate).

Gorgeous Georgia figures

In the 18th century, fans were used to speak for the ladies in polite company. In the clues above, Gorgeous Georgia is using her fan to say “Yes”, “No”, “We are friends”, “Go away”, and “I am sorry”.

Kudos if you can match up the phrases with the clues!


Welcome to heyhornby, the creative blog of Gloria Hornby, historian turned illustrator. Having always loved scratching away with colouring pencils as a child, I found a creative niche in my last job illustrating children’s trails for the National Trust property  Fountains Abbey, and since then have decided to pursue a career in it. I love developing content for projects and seeing them through from concept to finish, which is why I enjoyed creating children’s trails so much. I’ve also worked on some interpretation for Fountains Abbey which you can see in my portfolio, and I’ll be going into a little more detail about each project as the blog goes on. One project that I’ve recently worked on for Fountains Abbey was illustrating their Christmas trail ‘The twelve days of Christmas’. This was a huge amount of fun, and a real opportunity to bring the characters to life. Each child (or adult!) was given a trail map at the start with the mission to find the ‘cast’ of the twelve days of Christmas, who were scattered throughout the estate (which is enormous by the way – Fountains Abbey is also a UNESCO world heritage site). My twelve illustrations were the clues, which were printed on boards and propped up in different places like so: I also created some illustrations for the trail paper to tie the whole theme together. It was fun picking out random objects from twelve illustrations to create a title and border artwork:



Here is the entire project with the complete ‘cast’. Enjoy!

The twelve days of Christmas

Illustrations for ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ trail at Fountains Abbey in 2014