North Yorkshire born illustrator, Andrew Hutchinson specialises in wildlife and countryside subjects for his highly detailed images. He has exhibited among many of the the world's leading wildlife artists. He works from his own digital photo reference and paints in acrylics on illustration board.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Andrew: A love of drawing since childhood. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Andrew: H.N.D. in Illustration from Cleveland College of Art and Design. Question: Where are you originally from? Andrew: Guisborough, North Yorkshire. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Andrew: In a small village by a river in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire; an area I'd known since a child through family farming connections. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Andrew: Nature: endlessly inspiring! Question: How do you get your ideas? Andrew: Regular field trips and observation of nature provide me with all the inspiration I need. Question: Do you collect anything? Andrew: I'm particularly interested in Jurassic fossils but also collect corkscrews and oriental antiques. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Andrew: Hiking the local countryside where I love observing all aspects of nature and archaeology. Question: What is the first record you bought? Andrew: 'Fiesta' by The Pogues. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Andrew: I was recently asked to complete two trompe l'oeil panels suitable for a new restaurant in the Cotswolds. I illustrated part of my own collection of corkscrews.
Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Andrew: I have always wanted to do a set of stamps for the Royal Mail. If I did, I would love to do a set based on British rare breed farm animals. Question: Who are your art heroes? Andrew: I love the work of Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders and Ray Harris-Ching. Another great influence was Alan Hunt who used to live close to my home and who provided inspiration and much needed encouragement. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Andrew: A palaeontologist or an antique furniture restorer. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Andrew: Give up the ballet and stick to the art! Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Andrew: Australia, I'd love to see some of their reptiles. Question: Do you have any pets? Andrew: Yes three pet rats: Sirius, Dobby and Shifty Barry. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Andrew: I would visit the Jurassic era; to see pterosaurs flying overhead and see ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs swimming in the oceans would just be amazing.
Land Rover, Barclays Bank, New York Botanical Gardens, Automobile Association, Macmillan Publishing, Sainsbury’s supermarket, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Royal Canin, Time Inc.
Art Equipment/Tool: Daler Rowney Hot Press Watercolour Board
Food: wild mushrooms
Drink: mmm … 'Old Speckled Hen'
Shop: Whitby Fossil Shop