Biography:

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Hello, I'm Richard. I work from my studio, situated on the edge of a large wood in Lincolnshire, England. It's nice and quiet here which gives me plenty of time to pursue my main passion in life, which is making pictures. I share the studio with my partner, who is an Art & Design Teacher and Silversmith.

I am a professional freelance illustrator with 17 years experience working within the industry. I specialise in Children's Book illustration with emphasis on Narrative and Sequential Imagery, Story Boarding and Character Development. I have also developed illustrations for Packaging Designs, Advertisement Campaigns and Editorial purposes, Newspapers and Magazines.

Clients include Liberty of London, HarrodsTemplar Publishing, Random House, Usborne Publishing, Cadburys, Macmillan Publishing, Barefoot Books, Marks and SpencerThe BBC, The Times Newspaper, The Radio Times, and Scope.

I have worked as a proffesional illustrator since graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Illustration from LUSAD in 1999. My tutors were Mario Minichiello current Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia and Andrew Selby, Head of the School of the Arts at Loughborough University.

I am currently a part-time lecturer and tutor for the Lincoln University Illustration Programme and a visiting lecturer for the Loughborough University Visual Communication Programme

Awards:

  • Gold Medal Winner - Children's Book, Proffessional Category - Images 36 | The Association of Illustrators - Best of British Illustration
  • Silver Medal Winner - Children's Book, Professional Category - Images 26 | The Association of Illustrators - Best of British Illustration
  • Shortlisted Illustrator - The World Illustration Awards - Self Initiated Illustration - Professional Category
  • 3x3 Contemporary Illustration - Winner, Merit - Professional Children's Book Show No.9
  • Shortlisted for The Illustration Awards 2014 - Children's Book Illustration - Professional Category | AOI
  • Runner Up - Creative Quarterly 30 - Professional Illustration Category
  • Winner - British Book Design and Production Award Pinocchio - Children's Book, Templar Publishing.
  • Shortlisted for The Illustration Awards 2013 - Design, Public Realm, Children's Book Illustration | Professional Categories | AOI
  • 3x3 Contemporary Illustration - Winner, Honourable Mention - Professional Picture Book Show No.11
  • Selected Illustrator - The Best of British Illustration Exhibition | AOI - Images 23, Student Category | Images 24, Student Category | Images 26, Editorial Category, Children's Book | Images 27, Professional Children's Book Category | Images 30, Professional Children's Book Category | Images 33, Professional Children's Book Category | Images 36, Professional Children's Book Category

Working Process and Influences:

For those that are interested:

I enjoy drawing, I also enjoy experimenting with different approaches to creating my illustrations, finding different methods of applying colour to my work.

I mainly use acrylic paint with a heavy texture paper, around 300gsm and watercolour brushes. Line work is a combination of fine 0.3mm HB to a 6B blunt coloured pencils. The paint I generally use is Daler-Rowney acrylic paint or whatever is around my studio.

I like to use combinations of digital painting and scanned traditional medium together, using Photoshop I currently work with a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet. Working digitally allows me to control and combine my painted and textured work. Often my pictures are completely coloured digitally, using digital collage techniques layered over of my original drawings.

I like my images to have an atmosphere, a sense of humour and personality, also offering something that expands on the text. Tone and lighting have a very big part to play in how I conceive and develop an image, and I am interested in perspective, sometimes forced perspectives or viewpoints, that fit into often flat compositions. 

Client List Includes:

  • Templar Publishing
  • Liberty of London
  • Harrods London
  • Bloomsbury Books
  • Barefoot Books
  • Oxford University Press
  • Usborne Children's Books
  • The Times Newspaper
  • BBC Audio Books
  • Barefoot Books
  • Ladybird Children's Books
  • Sky Magazine U.S
  • TV Times Magazine
  • Scope
  • BRF
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Sandvik Publishing
  • Highbury House Communication
  • Crocodile Creek
  • Mantra Lingua Publishing
  • Harper Collins Children's Publishing
  • Readers Digest Publishing
  • Dorling Kindersley
  • DUDNYK Advertisement
  • Pearson Education Publishing
  • Ballard and Tighe Publishing
  • BBC Worldwide

 

  • Marks & Spencer
  • Random House Publishing
  • Kingfisher Children's Publishing
  • Aardman Animation Studio
  • The Radio Times Magazine
  • Cadbury
  • Maynards Sweets
  • Faber and Faber
  • Zondervan Publishing
  • Scholastic Publishing
  • Lion Hudson Publishing
  • McgrawHill Publishing
  • Chrysalis Children's Books | Anova Publishing
  • Gullane Children's Books
  • United Airlines HK
  • Kings College London
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Childsplay Publishing
  • Inter Visual Publishing | Piggy Toes Press
  • Harcourt Children's Publishing
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Playstack
  • Nelson & Stanley Thornes
  • Working White Publishing