From pencil roughs to finished art I will be with you happily from the first to ensure a sweet result. My traditional illustration techniques are used to create pictures with zest and drama, spontaneous and thoughtful, historically literate and fresh as today, with maybe sometimes a hint of mystery. I studied at Batley College of Art in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and after first working in advertising and design I have been a professional illustrator for ... a long time. I enjoy a good relationship with a growing list of clients. Images are usually in watercolour, brush&ink, line&wash. Finished artwork is scanned and sent immediately. Delivery can easily be arranged if the physical artwork on paper is required.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Philip: When I was a boy at junior school I used to draw intricate battle scenes; pike and musket and smoke. Mr. Watmough said I could be a commercial artist. I didn't know such things could be. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Philip: A three year graphics course at Batley College of Art & Design. Many years ago. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Philip: In Worcestershire between Pershore and Evesham by Bredon Hill. We have no street lights and on a clear night those constellations can give you a real fright. That's one good reason to be here. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Philip: At the bottom of the garden, a lovely 'shed' 12ft square the last time I measured it. Radio 3 is on. Question: How do you get your ideas? Philip: Depends on the job of course but I have a deep well of magic and romance to draw on. Question: Do you collect anything? Philip: Books mainly, history, arts, esoteric things. I have an almost complete collection of Thorne Smith novels! Also vintage packaging and LP's. Italian masks but nothing too fancy. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Philip: I used to tear pages out of non-expensive magazines for picture reference, I have boxes of them, which I don't need any more, full of desperately old fashioned looking people. I can't bring myself to throw them out.
Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Philip: I sing and play my old guitar, mainly for my own amusment these days, Old Time Country Music, English folk, Victorian songs, all sorts. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Philip: The Mary Portas Shop! Feature in the Telegraph magazine has been and IS a joy. Country Life's best London and country shops too. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Philip: A 20 volume guide to Architectural Follies and the stories behind them. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Philip: Andrew Wyeth, J. Singer Sargent, John Piper. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Philip: (Wealthier ha ha!) A museum curator, the V&A would be good. Or some kind of specialist in the depths of the British Library. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Philip: I can mix vintage cocktails, and I can draw storyboards! Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Philip: My grandad was at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, in ordinary life he was a grocer, and such a gentle person, I can remember sitting on his knee. I would like to go and have a chat with him to cherish the word pictures which have simply evaporated away.
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