After gaining a first class degree in Illustration from Portsmouth University, Chris went on to train with McFaul Studio and Mega Munden.
By carefully layering and organising all his Photoshop work, Chris aims to be as flexible as he can for his clients. Though Photoshop is his preference because he likes to retain the feel of the human hand and plenty of texture in his work, Chris also creates vector artwork in Illustrator. He has built up a huge library of urban marks and textures to call upon whenever they’re needed in a project.
Chris has developed several different styles, tailored to the various clients he works for in advertising, editorial, publishing and music. Each has its own nuances, and can be tweaked and fine tuned to suit any new project. His styles include:
Sport - line drawings with an urban or street art look, including graffiti marks and bursting with colour, vibrancy and energy.
Editorial - a naïve, loose drawing style, which is simple and conceptual, and often marked by gritty textures.
Book - beautiful tight line drawing, with the focal point more detailed and colourful. Often this style features symmetrical elements, animal subject matter, and is bold in composition.
Music - Photographic elements mixed with vector art or line work, with a bold composition that pops out and strong typography.
Question: This has been an exciting year for you. What’s been the best bit? Chris: The best part of this year so far has been starting up new collective ‘Coloured-In’. We now boast 9 illustrators with an array of talent. http://www.colouredin.com Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Chris: I have always been fascinated and driven by art since I can remember. I worked in a comic shop from the age of 12-16 and hanged out with the now famous comic artist Ian Churchill. I would watch with amazement, whilst he worked on the latest x-men comic, every carefully considered stroke made with his 4H pencil. Ian would let me make a few marks here and there. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Chris: Yes I finished my BA HONS degree in Illustration with a 1ST at the University of Portsmouth. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Chris: Yes I keep scrapbooks of illustrations, fonts, photographs and anything interesting or unusual I come across. A great life saver when you run out of ideas and confidence.
Question: What is the first record you bought? Chris: MC Hammer ‘U Can't Touch This’, oh yes the man in those fabulous baggy pants. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Chris: I recently played an instrumental role in helping agency client Skaramoosh win their pitch to create the 1 minute animation for the 2012 Olympics hand over ceremony. I created all storyboards, mood-boards and illustrations for the pitch, created elements for the final animation and played a major role in the original concepts. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Chris: To re-create the covers to Penguin’s classic novels. Question: What is/are your art hero/es? Chris: I love the drip of Robert Rauschenburg, the texture of Tapies, the humour of Ralph Steadman and the mind of Mark Quinn. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Chris: I would like to think an electro keyboard genius but I was never ever any good at music. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Chris: AOI, Computer Love, Ffffound, Thunder Chunky, Clickforart.
2012 Olympics Committee, EMI, Ford, The Guardian, Financial Times, Metro, Braun, Oxford PressFavourites
: I’m a pen and ink kinda guy
: Sushi all the way, fresh healthy and delicious!
: bargain hunting in charity shops
: It’s Nice That