Ben Mounsey, a freelance illustrator from London, now based in Sydney, Australia, is someone we’ve watched really grow as an illustrator. It’s a pleasure to watch his output develop through clearly determined focus over the years into a sharp, recognisable and original style.
Big fans of the clever use of white space in his work, that maintain simplicity, whilst clarifying shapes.
Let’s turn to Ben now with a little insight into how he does things…
All my roughs and sketches are done on paper in my sketchbook. I’m really fanatical about my sketchbooks -it has to be a Daler Rowney ‘Ebony’ Landscape, Spiral bound, hardback book, with brilliant white paper -freakishly controlling I know!
All my artwork is done digitally in Adobe Illustrator. I generally build my images using shapes before line-work, abstracting and shaping the composition pretty loosely.
I’m not precious with my work. I like to keep my roughs as ‘rough’ as possible, allowing me to experiment when I take it into artwork.
Ben in his alternative office at the Sydney Opera House bar:
© Ben Mounsey, 2012