Freelance Illustrator Chris Wharton

Chris Wharton is a freelance illustrator based in London, a graduate from Bath Spa university in 2008 with a BA first class in Graphic Communications.


‘I split my time between graphic design and illustration during my studies and never really found my own distinctive style until about 2 years ago. I think I’ve always had a bit of a magpie eye and was always falling in love with styles I’d come across, so it took me a while to settle down and figure out a way of illustrating in my own unique way, which is something that will always need refining and honing in order to stay fresh and interesting. My illustrations are typically bright, bold of colour, and I’d like to think, brimming with clever ideas. My style is fanciful and light hearted with perhaps a gentle head nod towards 50s style illustration, simple but with personality.’


‘On a day to day basis my time is spent equally between professional and personal projects. I provide spot illustrations, info-graphics and promotional images for clients and on my own time I produce cards, t-shirt designs and posters, which I sell through sites such as Society 6 and Redbubble. I like being able to work with others on exciting live projects that go out into the public arena and at the same time balance it with my own fun, silly and light hearted work. I recently worked with some awesome clients, including Penguin Publishing, The Washington Post and Nokia, I’m hoping that they are going to be the foundation for the rest of 2014.

In terms of inspiration, I’m sure like most creatives, my influences are widespread but there are a few illustrators that I really admire. Ryohei Yanagihara, was a Japanese commercial artist, he produced a series of adverts based on a charcter ‘Uncle Torys’, the adverts were mini-cartoons. He had a simple but dynamic style that was full of fun and vigour. Mary Blair is also another favourite of mine, she worked on many of Disney’s concept art. I think her work is beautiful, it has an unfinished sketchy quality thats at the same time perfect and descriptive. I also really love Tomi Ungerer a French illustrator. He produced a wide array of work spanning over anti-war posters, children’s books and advertising.’





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