Phillip Small is one of Watermark Creative’s Directors, and with over 15 years’ experience as a commercial illustrator himself, Phill brings an astute understanding of client needs, deep respect for the creative journey and a yearning for decent deadlines. Put him in a time machine he would be in Lascaux, France checking out Paleolithic cave paintings – the original visual communicators!

Phillip was born in South Africa and grew up on 300,000 hectares of pristine wilderness called the Drakensberg Mountains. Horse riding, fishing and hiking were his staple pastimes forging a lifelong relationship with the outdoors, and explaining why he has always thought having a crocodile might make a cool pet. His earliest creative memory sees him running up and down a corridor with a crayon on the wall, “watching a line of colour stream out behind me. It was fantastic.” While the consequences were adverse, it’s all worked out for the best.


Phill’s creative reward is a little more complex now, but still as satisfying, working with a group of incredibly talented and supportive creatives who push him to new heights. Phillip believes that being part of a collaborative workplace culture that respects and shares knowledge is the key to any creative’s success. And, as he says – “I don’t hate Fridays so much as look forward to Mondays.”

Artist:  Phillip Small


Telephone:  +61 2 9380 6988

Mobile:  +61 403 888 010


"I cannot speak highly enough of Phill and the team at Watermark. It’s always a fun, collaborative process that returns great results for our clients. This reflects very favourably on us as an agency which is the perfect outcome.”

Kieren Thorpe | Creative Director ~ Brand Opus