Colour Blocking Inventive Characters with Elliot Freeman

Elliot Freeman’s illustrations are packed with inventive, wobbly characters, and highlighted by large splashes of bold colour. He talks to us about making his artwork, and yoga and cats.

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Behind the distinctive linear drawings Elliot uses to create his delightfully eccentric characters, he maps out his layouts in strong blocks of colour.

His creative use of colour brings up some interesting palettes, and with his expressive drawings keeps his work continually fresh and surprising. He tells us more.

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I am an illustrator working out of my home studio in London. I have a big garden and sometimes I do yoga in it.

There’s a stray cat that likes to hang around the garden that I show off to sometimes by snapping bits of a wooden fence over my knee.

 

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I am usually drawing on paper or in my sketchbooks with ink, and scanning the drawings into Photoshop and then colouring digitally. 

I just got a wacom tablet but it doesn’t really feel like its me drawing when I see it on the screen. I prefer traditional media and I like to use pens, gouache paints and colour pencils.

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© Elliot Freeman, 2016

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