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Andrew Beckett

Andrew Beckett - Wldlife illustrator: Lancashire. UK

Andrew Beckett’s passion for natural history shows through not only in the subject matter of his images, but also in their sheer quality. His meticulous and painstaking method results in hair-by-hair detail and a near photographic finish, though as an artist he is able to take full control of colour and style to deliver exactly what his client is aiming for.
Based in Northwest England near the Ribble Estuary, inspiration for his images is right on his doorstep as one of his main interests is the UK’s diverse range of birdlife. As an artist he’s inspired by Degas, Rembrandt, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Charles Donker. Andrew has a Higher National Diploma in Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Blackpool & the Fylde College, and now teaches Fine Art at the same institution.

Approach

Andrew considers the form, proportion, structure and weight distribution of the creature, along with its behaviour. He approaches wildlife drawing like sculpture, making direction marks as though he’s skimming across the surface of the subject, trying to explain and emphasise the form. He works in watercolours, gouache and digitally.

Style

Huge levels of realism and minute detail are key characteristics of Andrew’s wildlife art, and viewers are captivated by his ability to convey the attitude and expression of each animal he draws.

Awards

2003 – David Cook Drawing Prize – First Prize 2004 – National Exhibition of Wildlife Art) Award – Highly Commended 2005 – Bird Art and Photography Award – Most outstanding work on an avian theme 2011 – Birds, Birds, Birds Award – Most original work on an avian theme 2012 – David Cook Drawing Prize – First Prize 2013 – The Countryman Award – Innovation in Wildlife Art

Client list

Andrew has been commissioned by clients including Times Educational Supplement, Sainsbury’s, Scholastic, Marks & Spencer, Mizuno, Dorling Kindersley, Time Life, Usbourne, Co-op, IBM, EMI, Jersey Post and Buckingham Press.
The artwork is absolutely beautiful and Andrew was so easy to work with. I have had a lot of bad experiences with other illustrators and he has been by far the most pleasant, accommodating, and talented artist I have worked with to date. I’m sure you already knew this, but I really think he is a great illustrator for your company to represent and I will be doing my best to spread his & Illustration Ltd’s name around for anyone else who needs any work done in the future.
Jackie Sturm - Project Manager, Taylor Studios - USA
Thanks so much for all the hard work on this, Andrew. We really appreciate it and the illustrations look amazing. :-)
Amy Foster - Jr. Art Producer, CP+B Boulder
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