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Ben Tallon

Ben Tallon - Manchester,, UK based illustrator

Manchester,, UK
Growing up in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Ben Tallon loved Leeds United, wrestling and video games as a child. Keighley is an old, working class mill town, full of strange and loveable characters, and Ben himself has a taste for the unusual. He thinks anyone who’s been labeled a weirdo will have an intriguing story to tell. Passionate about creativity, Ben has even burnt the end of a wine cork in order to draw with it. Today, he’s located in Bermondsey, London, but has previously had studios in Preston and Manchester. Ben's book Champagne and Wax Crayons has just been released, which follows Ben's journey from his childhood hobby of drawing, to a freelance career working with clients in illustration, graphic design, music, film and television. Alongside his illustration work he’s also art directing a six-part science fiction series.

Training

Ben has a BTEC in Graphic Design from Keighley College, and a BA in Illustration from the University of Central Lancashire.

Approach

Pens, inks, brushes, found materials and textures, acrylics, spray paint, pastels, wax and coloured pencils – Ben is very much a mixed media creative. He’ll use worn out old brushes that have a little more depth and character than new ones, and favours the unexpected or happy accident.

Style

Able to draw anything at all, Ben’s highly flexible style is organic, using Photoshop to layer together the elements he’s created using natural media. Drawings, marks and textures come together to form a complete image. For him, it’s hard to complete a line drawing – he likes to keep it loose, and leave something to the imagination.

Client list

The Guardian Russell Brand Next PLC Arsenal Football Club World Wrestling Entertainment Channel 4 The Wall Street Journal UNICEF
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Dancing girl portrait
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Black and white drawingg for Voice Project 3/4
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Noel Gallagher illustration by Ben Tallon
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Media fuelled doom and gloom in the economic downturn
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Musician portrait art
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Conceptual illustration of smoking killsby Ben Tallon
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Water color design of Cassette
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Nikey Dog black and white drawing
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Line drawing of energizer for the 'Know What I Mean Series'
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Ink box black and white illustration
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Elephant illustration by Ben Tallon
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Retro painting of Arsene Wenger's for the UEFA Champion's league
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Contemporary illustration of Fire Extinguisher
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Angels & Demons illustration by Ben Tallon
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Hand painting on wall
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Eddie Guerrero WWE autobiography jacket design
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Don Letts interview portrait
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KWIM2 Cig Bin illustration by Ben Tallon
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Artwork for E4 for the new series of Skins tv trailer
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Robot Illustration by Ben Tallon
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Chocolate bar wrapper illustration by Ben Tallon
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ink, drawing, line drawing, hand drawn, hand painted, illustration, contemporary illustration
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Poster design of Race v Sex Challenge by Ben Tallon
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Drummer Illustration
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ink, hand painted, music, youth, colour, spray, sexy, type, typography, urban, edgy, editorial
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Shawn Michaels WWE digital art
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I can't recommend Ben highly enough. He is excellent at interpreting assigned briefs in his unique visual style, and is a pleasure to work with
Hayden Russell, Mixmag
Ben is an exceptional talent that I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with on several occasions. Not only does he deliver to a specific brief when necessary, he is also full of creative solutions for the more challenging projects. His thoughtful process and attention to detail are always greatly appreciated
Creative Director, World Wrestling Entertainment