I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Andrew Beckett

Andrew Beckett

About
Impressions
Interview

Training


Andrew has a Higher National Diploma in Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Blackpool & the Fylde College. More recently, he has been teaching on the Fine Art degree course at the same institution.

Approach


When creating an image, Andrew looks at the form, proportion, structure and weight distribution of the creature, as well as its behaviour or interaction with its environment. He approaches a drawing like a sculpture, making direction marks, as though he’s skimming across the surface of the subject, trying to explain and emphasise the form.

Style


Andrew achieves huge levels of realism and detail in each piece as he captures animals, birds, sea life and more in his watercolour and gouache paintings. He also works digitally using Photoshop, particularly for advertising and packaging projects.

When creating a piece of fine art, prior to painting, he painstakingly prepares the surface he works on, using relief and marbling methods to give the impression that the painting on the surface is coming out of the medium and into the world.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Andrew: A good way of channelling my art into an interesting and rewarding career and, I always loved looking at the pictures in children’s books, as opposed to reading the words! Question: Do you have any formal design training? Andrew: I studied on the Scientific & Natural History Illustration course at Blackpool and the Fylde College. Question: Where are you originally from? Andrew: Lytham St. Annes - on the Fylde Coast, Lancashire. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Andrew: Not travelled far - down the road to Ansdell (the only place in the UK named after an artist - Richard Ansdell RA), I can’t think of anywhere more appropriate to live! Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Andrew: I work from home on the first floor - good westerly light, full of natural history and art books, works in progress, a desk, an easel, and drawers full of art materials - organised clutter basically! Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Andrew: The students that I teach, my children’s drawings, the ever changing light on the estuary and the waders that pass through. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Andrew: The "Natural World" - particularly birds. Photography, Printmaking, and going to see live music.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Andrew: A little while back I got involved in Co-op’s "Carbon footprint" campaign - illustrating huge footprints in the middle of ecologically vulnerable environments - it was thought provoking stuff and very rewarding. I also illustrated the Birdwatchers Yearbook cover - Lapwings, my favourite bird! Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Andrew: Rembrandt, Degas, Bruno Liljefors, Lars Jonsson, Ray Ching, Charles Donker, Frank Auerbach and Lucien Freud. Question: Who is/are your musical hero/es? Andrew: Bowie, David Sylvian/Japan, Joy Division, Radiohead and Elbow – on the whole, a dreary bunch! Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Andrew: Ranthambore National Park, India - to see the Tigers (where they should be seen!). Question: What do you have bookmarked? Andrew: A selection would be; Lars Jonsson's, the SWLA (Society of Wildlife Artist's) & The Glasshouse Gallery (St Ives) websites. Question: What's your favourite quote? Andrew: I often think of John Constable's quote "I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade and perspective will always make it beautiful."
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Times Educational Supplement, Sainsburys, Scholastic, Marks & Spencer, Mizuno, Dorling Kindersley, Time Life, Usbourne, Co-op

Favourites
Cafe: Chesters by the River, Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside
Gallery: Kettles Yard Gallery and Museum in Cambridge
Art Equipment: Pitt Oil Base pencil (soft) Faber Castell
Drink: Tea or a nice Wheat Beer
Shop: L Cornelissen & Son Online Shop, Great Russell Street, London
Magazine: Bird Art & Photography
 
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