Based in the UK near London, Tim Bradford works as a freelance Illustrator & Animator. Tim has worked internationally on a wide variety of creative projects within Advertising and Publishing. His illustrations, often employing the use of typography and characters, have been used for print and web based media as well as being animated and broadcast on Television. His work is created using Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After effects and good old fashioned pen and pencil. Tim’s work has attracted clients from Auckland to Arizona and his portfolio showcases projects for Shell, Ford and Sony Ericsson.
Question: This has been an exciting year for you. What’s been the best bit? Tim: The best start to the year has to be a job I did for Ford via Adrian Butnariu at Ogilvy dusseldorf. They got me drawing crazy car-wheel characters going wild like lunatics terrorizing everyone and everything! That was fun! Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Tim: Seeing an illustration on my Dad’s box of cigars and realizing that’s what I wanted to do. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Tim: University Of Lincoln BA Illustration, Kingston University MA Illustration & Animation. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Tim: I’ve recently promoted myself to the bigger spare bedroom, I haven’t had time to redecorate so I’m surrounded by textured wallpaper and a green carpet which I’m doing my best to hide with musical instruments and toys. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Tim: I like to submerge myself in nature as much as possible because I like the influence it has on my work. Also the late polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski. I never get bored of his amazing films.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Tim: I keep sketchbooks, I like to record every idea, no matter how rubbish, in the form of a quick drawing. The good ones get more time spent on them and the really good ones get coloured up. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Tim: Music (just bought a second hand accordion which I’m learning to play), travel and cycling (just ridden the trans pennine trail from Southport to Hornsea, 211 miles in 4 days for cancer research UK). Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Tim: A really rewarding job for the Eden Project via Cliona O’Sullivan at Story Worldwide. My Brief was to illustrate the various career opportunities at the Eden Project targeted at 14 -19 yr olds. My illustrated characters appear on the homepage of Eden’s new website. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Tim: I’d like to do album artwork and a music video for The Whitest Boy Alive. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Tim: Charlie Harper, Heath Robinson, Ryohei Yanagihara. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Tim: I can say ‘You’re not cutting the bread very well’ in four languages. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Tim: I wouldn’t go far, probably late 1960’s for the music, I’d go to Woodstock.
Shell, Ford, Sony Ericsson, Microsoft, Capital One, British Gas, JWT, OgilvyFavourites
: BFI Bar & Kitchen, Southbank
: Muji for pens and pencils
: Le Gun