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Sam Bevington

Sam Bevington

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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.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Alcatel-Lucent, 3 Mobile, NHS

Favourites
Cafe: Selale in Green Lanes - best Turkish food/tea around
Gallery: 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
Art Equipment/Tool: Wacom tablet and one of those clicky bic pencils (you know the ones)
Food: My Mums Pyrogi (they're like a kind of dumpling with potato and cheese and onion)
Drink: Beer
Shop: Ebay - its amazing
Website: grainedit ffffound
 
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