Meet the illustrator: Bex Challoner

Our second illustrator profile is Bex Challoner, who, like Lorna Davey, studied at Plymouth College of Art.

What first got you interested in illustration as a career?
I kind of fell into the job, I had just finished school and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. So I decided to study something I loved doing and that was drawing. Before I knew it I had been accepted into university and was doing something I enjoyed that would also get me paid.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Alot of my inspiration comes from animals, tattoos and other artists. I’m constantly looking at Instagram and visiting zoos for my inspiration.

Tell us about your process and the tools you use:
I collect images that inspire me, sketch out an outline of an animal or person and then section off areas where my patterning will fit in. I then use fineline to fill in the design with linework and patterns. After the overall design is complete I shade areas in pencil to make the designs look more 3d and then scan them into Photoshop to clean up and colour if needed. All drawing is hand drawn.!

Describe your illustration style in 3 words.
Intricate black linework

What would be your dream commission, and who would it be for?
My dream commission would be to design a range of mens t-shirts for a fashion company as such as Animal or Ripcurl.

What advice would you give to other illustrators and artists?
My advice would be to never give up, at times you may have to have another job as well as designing, some times it feels a little hopeless but if you carry on creating you will make breakthroughs, even if they are small.

What’s next for you?
I am hoping to have my own exhibition soon and sell my work in a gallery shop in Plymouth

Instagram: @bxxillustration

Twitter: @bexchalloner

Bex Challoner illustrations

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