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.
James Grover

James Grover

About
Impressions
Interview
James' art education began in 1990 when his Grandma began teaching him to draw. After years of honing his craft, James graduated in 2010 with a 1st class BA (Hons) Illustration degree and has since been working for a wide range of commercial and private clients.

Often intricate and rich in pattern, James' illustrations are hand drawn using pencil, giving them a unique style and feel. He later adds colour digitally, whilst carefully ensuring the work still looks like it was created by hand.

James' illustrations can be found on a number of restaurant walls throughout England as well as in magazines, websites, album artwork and on gifts and home-wares.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? James: I am a creative person, love drawing and solving problems. Seeing ideas come together and fulfilling a brief is really satisfying. Question: Do you have any formal design training? James: I studied illustration at the University of Lincoln. Question: Where are you originally from? James: I was born in Gloucester, but grew up in the small town near Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? James: Exeter. It is a beautiful and lively city - I'm still getting used to the novelty of being fifteen minutes from the beach. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? James: I divide my time between my home studio and a co-working space in Exeter city centre. There are lots of other creative types and crucially a table tennis table for breaks. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? James: I used to spend hours with my Grandma having fun learning to draw – she had a great sense of humour. I still find now that the best work happens when you're enjoying yourself.
Question: How do you get your ideas? James: Usually once I start drawing, the ideas start flowing and one drawing informs the next. It all has a basis in observing the world around me though. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? James: I have sketchbooks, which help with developing ideas and approaches. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. James: I created three giant parts to a map of Ipswich for the local Zizzi restaurant – each section was around two metres square and held up by pulleys and a dock crane which I also drew. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? James: Bloomsbury would suddenly decide that they want me to redesign all the Harry Potter books for them, including a new trilogy about the life of Dumbledore. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? James: An architect, or possibly a writer of bad cracker jokes. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? James: To succeed you need to truly believe in what you are doing and understand it is a business, not a privilege to draw for a living. Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? James: I would catch up with my friends, play some music, surf a bit and laugh a lot.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Zizzi Ristorante, Kopparberg, Bloomsbury, The Pharmaceutical Journal, The Psychologist, Penguin India, Exeter Living, Hoburne Holiday Parks, Abu Dhabi Airports

Favourites
Cafe: Boston Tea Party, Queen Street, Exeter
Food: Melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding!
Drink: A good cup of tea
Shop: No Guts, No Glory, Fore Street, Exeter
Website: Design Inspiration
Magazine: Computer Arts
Holiday/Travel Destination: North Cornwall – the bays surrounding Padstow
 
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