Welcome to


A Melting Pot of Artistic Talent


Originally established in 2003 Cut the Mustard is the trading name of professional artist, illustrator and designer Tim Stephens. That’s me! This website showcases my creative talents, offers a selection of creative services and provides an online shop for my art and design. Browse the Creative Services section to discover the different skills I can provide. The History section explores Cut the Mustard’s journey from launch to present day. Visit the Online Shop for interesting gift ideas or to treat yourself.


Creative services

CTm’s history

online shop

About Me

Welcome and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my creative hub. For those interested to find out more about the man behind the work here’s a little bit about me.

I’ve always loved creating whether drawing, painting, designing, writing or basically anything I can make a mark on or with. I’d spend hours drawing as a child and Art was the only subject that really interested me at school .The fact I seemed good at it was a massive bonus! This led me to progress to Art College in Weston-Super-Mare in my teens and then to study for a degree in Graphic Design at Staffordshire University. I graduated in 1997 then studied for a further year gaining a PGCE in Graphic Design Management.

After the educational years I worked for several design companies as a Graphic Designer progressing to Studio Manager. Although I enjoyed this period, gained some fantastic experience and a wealth of clients I always wanted to be my own boss.
In 2003 I left my design job in central Bristol to go freelance and ultimately create a business. Cut the Mustard was born shortly after and that’s what I have been doing for the past sixteen years.

Outside of work my hobbies and interests are also of a creative tone. I enjoy photography, film, visiting galleries and shows, walking around with my sketchbook, spending time with friends and writing short stories. I have a keen interest in popular culture, both in the present and past, and am especially intrigued by the history of British subcultures. One day I hope to produce a book of illustrations based on this. Music has also played a big part in my life.
Gigs and festivals still appeal to me in my 40s as much as when I was a teenager.

I live in Clevedon, North Somerset in a converted Lemonade Factory where my studio is based. I’m always pleased to get feedback about my work and am happy to answer any of your questions. See the Contact Page to get in touch.

Best wishes, Tim