My name is Sam Bevington and I am a 26 year old illustrator based in London. I graduated from UWE Bristol with a First Class Honours in 2009 and have been working on a broad range of projects for a wide range of clients since then. My work is heavily influenced by the urban environment and the graphic design and illustration of the 1930's-1950's. I specialise in illustration, poster design and custom typography. In my spare time I like to print posters in my screen printing studio at home. I have an unhealthy obsession with hand painted signs, DIY and bad screenprinting.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Sam: My dad was a designer, he came here from Canada in the late 70's on a scholarship at the RCA. So drawing and making/building things was always encouraged at home - I guess that's where I got it from! Question: Do you have any formal design training? Sam: I have a BA(Hons) in illustration from UWE in Bristol. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Sam: I live in a big converted warehouse in Manor house, North London. I moved here with my girlfriend, because we wanted somewhere to live that could double as a studio, which we found! I do all of my digital work in my room, and all of my printing in my studio space next door. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Sam: I used to take a lot of my inspiration from graffiti, skateboard graphics and gig posters, and a lot from the mission school in the 90's but have graduated for some reason to the graphic design and illustration of advertising in the 40's and 50's. I really like the simple honesty and positivity of the images and slogans made in those days. I think my work tries to straddle those things. Question: How do you get your ideas? Sam: Usually by random scribblings/notes on a piece of paper, experiment with colours and composition - I save hundreds of images, photos, typography etc that I like off the internet then trawl through these for ideas, as well as old work. Question: Do you collect anything? Sam: Hangovers.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Sam: Sort of - it's just a folder or two on my computer of things I like. I trawl the internet for images I like and just stick them in there. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Sam: I'd love for someone to let me have a solo exhibition in a gallery somewhere for my print work, I'd love the chance to be able to transform a space with paste-ups, drawings, hand-painted type - anyone who knows someone who'd let me do this, please let me know! Failing that, a skateboard, a snowboard and a wakeboard. Question: Who are your art heroes? Sam: Barry Mcgee, Margaret Kilgallen and the whole mission school art movement. That whole movement was amazing and I love almost everything that came out of it! Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Sam: Do it! But remember - in the early days make sure you save some money from every job for the hard times!! Don't learn it the hard way! Question: Do you think anyone with Photoshop can be an illustrator these days? Sam: Of course not! That's like saying anyone with a saw can be a carpenter - photoshop is a tool, not a magic wand. Question: Do you have any pets? Sam: Yes my dog Charlie! He is by turns the funniest and most annoying animal I have ever come across - I love him! Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Sam: New York in the early 80's would be amazing - seeing hip hop and graffiti and that whole culture come together would be amazing.
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: Selale in Green Lanes - best Turkish food/tea around
: I know it's not an underground, secret, cool gallery, but I'd have to say the British Museum
. I'm always amazed that Londoners have all this stuff there for us to look at all year round, for free! It really is one of the best things about this city
: Wacom tablet and one of those clicky bic pencils (you know the ones)
: My Mums Pyrogi (they're like a kind of dumpling with potato and cheese and onion)
- its amazing
: grainedit ffffound