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John Walsom

John Walsom - Architectural and Streetscapes Illustrator. UK

Traditionally painted architectural illustrations are a specialty of John Walsom, who uses his background in architecture and watercolor skills to produce works that are beautiful, accurate, and that evoke the exact mood his clients are after.
Inspired by painters like JMW Turner, Lucien Freud, Frederick Cuming and Ken Howard, John combines structural understanding with a deft use of light, color and texture to evoke the atmosphere, resulting in a client list that goes well beyond architectural practices and developers to include leading publishers and global brands. He has a BA in Architecture from the University of Sheffield and has practiced as an architect, architectural photographer and illustrator, as well as a scenic artist at the Crucible Theatre.

Approach

John’s more accurate illustrations are done in watercolor, while he uses acrylics or oils for more expressive pieces. He sets up perspective views on a drawing board in the traditional way and uses a range of stencils for ellipses and curves, working with pencils, brushes and paint.

Styles

Varying his style and media, John can lean towards greater realism or expressiveness according to the brief. He spends more time on the drawing than the painting, which is fairly loose and adventurous, with a rich color palette. He likes painting oils en plein air – working fast with the changing light.

Client list

John has been commissioned by clients including The University of Cambridge, Oxford University Press, Harrods, Royal Bank of Scotland, Historic Royal Palaces, Rolex, Andrew Winch Designs, Corbin & King, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph.
No Dogs on the Bed
No Dogs on the Bed
Out later this month, John Holder's adorably humorous book is published by Quiller.
No Dogs on the Bed
From City to Country
From City to Country
John Holder has a regular commission with Country Life, this month's article offers readers a Newcomers Guide to the Country Village.
From City to Country
Lockdown Confessions
Lockdown Confessions
Country Life Magazine commission John Holder as they shine the spotlight on life in a village during lockdown.
Lockdown Confessions
John Holder's SCRAPBOOK
John Holder's SCRAPBOOK
We ask veteran illustrator John Holder about his impressive career.
John Holder's SCRAPBOOK
A Country Christmas
A Country Christmas
Country Life Magazine commission some very British festive illustrations from John Holder for their double Christmas Issue.
A Country Christmas
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Country Life magazine conduct a national competition to find the naughtiest dog and commission John Holder to illustrate the finalists.
Britain's Naughtiest Dogs
Advice for the Shop Owner
Advice for the Shop Owner
John Holder builds up a wealth of illustrations for Convenience Store Magazine's legal advice column.
Advice for the Shop Owner
Christmas Games
Christmas Games
John Holder illustrates for the Christmas issue of Country Life magazine.
Christmas Games
Pigs Might Fly
Pigs Might Fly
John Holder created his latest illustration for iconic Cambridge music venue the Flying Pig
Pigs Might Fly
It's a Dog's Life
It's a Dog's Life
John Holder illustrates for Country Life in his traditional and humorous style
It's a Dog's Life
Crossing the Delaware
Crossing the Delaware
John Holder illustrates a historic journey for Henson in California.
Crossing the Delaware
Tunbridge Wells Development
Tunbridge Wells Development
John Holder brings historical subjects to life for a development project with Smith Dawson Ltd.
Tunbridge Wells Development
Same Sexism, Different Century
Same Sexism, Different Century
John Holder works on some poignant posters for an ad campaign devised by Now's Associate Creative Director Sarah Levitt.
Same Sexism, Different Century
Cajun Diner
Cajun Diner
Renaissance Publishing commission John Holder for a travel themed artwork for their Deep South travel magazine.
Cajun Diner
Angling Disasters
Angling Disasters
Quiller Publishing use John Holder's traditional skills for a book cover on fishy disasters.
Angling Disasters
Decluttering
Decluttering
Country Life Magazine commission John Holder for an entertaining family-scene illustration.
Decluttering
De-Feathering the Nest
De-Feathering the Nest
Country Life Magazine use the art of John Holder for a feature on family clutter.
De-Feathering the Nest
Awful Animals
Awful Animals
John Holder is the artist behind the unique 'An Alphabet of Awful Animals for Adults'.
Awful Animals
The Authorised Documentary: John Holder
The Authorised Documentary: John Holder
Watch this warm and light-hearted film about John Holder - Drawer, Guitar Picker, Lecturer, Vintage Cyclist and Chainsaw Maniac!
The Authorised Documentary: John Holder
Holder Bites the Bullet
Holder Bites the Bullet
Holder Bites the Bullet
The School Nativity
The School Nativity
The School Nativity
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Lincolnshire Frolics
Lincolnshire Frolics
Lincolnshire Frolics
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