About Ben Rothery & Hidden Planet

Ben is a detail-obsessed illustrator and writer from Norwich, via Cape Town who likes pencils and heavy objects. He combines multiple processes to create intricate and delicate illustrations and repeating patterns full of fine detail and vibrant colour for a diverse array of clients.

Much of Ben’s work is inspired or informed by his love of nature, having grown up wanting variously to be a shark, dinosaur or David Attenborough crossed with Indiana Jones, only relatively recently settling upon Illustration as a compromise allowing him to bring those fantasies to life on paper.

Ben’s illustration practise and vivid fantasy life is run from a small but perfectly formed studio - Hidden Planet - in the heart of beautiful London which he shares with an unnecessarily large collection of very sharp pencils.

Hidden Planet is the place where all the magic happens! This is where Ben creates his illustrations, and where you can see all of his work in one space. Additionally, the team comes together at Hidden Planet to make terrariums and host workshops, including terrarium and macrame workshops. You can find out more about our workshops here.

Hidden Planet is proud to be a sustainable, conservation-led business. A portion of the profits goes to different organizations, such as WWF and BTO, so you can rest assured that every purchase you make contributes to wildlife conservation. Visit this page here for more information on the things we are doing to help with the planet and projects that Ben have worked on in the past.

You can find Ben’s print collection here and his other products at various stockists both here in the UK and Overseas.

When not illustrating, Ben can be found cooking, travelling or picking up heavy objects and putting them back down again, sometimes for hours at a time.

He’s always on the lookout for new opportunities so if you’re interested in a commission, collaboration, stocking his wares or just a chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.