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Chris King

Chris King - UK based illustrator

Chris King is a Leeds-based illustrator with an impactful figurative style based on strong line work and the comic art that influenced his early career. Innovating with color and line weight, he’s broadened his style to include elegant and atmospheric landscape imagery, using narrative in his images to give his client’s message extra resonance with the audience.
Photography, film-making, animation, fine art, painting and sculpture are all areas this multi-talented artist has worked in, but the feeling he gets from putting a pencil to paper is like no other and it has driven his successful illustration career, working for leading media outlets, publishing houses and consumer brands. Chris studied Media Production at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, and key influences include Akira, Beano and Asterix.

Approach

An artwork usually begins traditionally with pen or pencil on paper. The drawings are scanned and colored digitally, with textures imported and layered over the line work, before he tweaks the image until he gets the result he’s looking for.

Style

Chris applies his figurative, line-based style in many contexts, from editorial through to advertising and online. It’s something he’s always developing, both in terms of technique used and the overall look, with his new vector style emerging with less emphasis on line and more on color and form.

Client list

Chris has been commissioned by clients including The Guardian Guide, Men’s Fitness, Tiger Beer, Konami, Philips, Image Comics, Oxford University Press, Variety, Dorling Kindersley, Kawasaki and more.
painting of lake near a mountain
Chris King
Skateboarder graphic art
Chris King
Pilea plants pop art
Chris King
Beast of Harwood book cover design
Chris King
The Guardian Review book cover art
Chris King
Animals Pug life
Chris King
Chris King
Oystercatcher bird painting
Chris King
Shellduck contemporary art
Chris King
Horror Skull fantasy art
Chris King
Woman portrait painting
Chris King
Realistic painting of a Ruykjavik Harbour
Chris King
An illustration of man walking front of a smoky truck
Chris King
cover art for guardian guide
Chris King
Portraiture of PNC Bank F1 Racer
Chris King
casts of ensemble in jigsaw
Chris King
Chris King
f1 car speeding at monza
Chris King
Shopping woman illustration by Chris King
Chris King
image of a short eared owl
Chris King
dangerous warewolf artwork
Chris King
An illustration of Stegosaurus
Chris King
nature illustration of mountain lake
Chris King
portrait collage of teenagers
Chris King
collage art of games of 2012
Chris King
drawing focusing stress from social media
Chris King
Twitter knock out fight painting
Chris King
Frankenstein illustration by Cris King
Chris King
Horror people portrait illustration
Chris King
planet won mercedes animation
Chris King
Gitarist illustration by Cris King
Chris King
An illustration of star trek ship
Chris King
Lewis Hamilton illustration by Chris King
Chris King
Lady bike rider illustration by Cris King
Chris King
Kawasaki Vulcan 01 illustration by Chris King
Chris King
Couple illustration by Chris King
Chris King
fargo movie poster by chris king
Chris King
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