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Chris King

Chris King - Ilkey, UK based illustrator

Photography, film-making, animation, fine art, painting and sculpture – Yorkshire-based artist Chris King tried a whole range of disciplines before settling on illustration. The feeling you get from drawing with a pencil on paper is like no other for him, and so he launched his illustration career in 2008. From an early age, he’s taken inspiration from comic books - everything from The Beano to Akira – and some of his earliest memories are of copying out pages of Asterix the Gaul in coloured crayons. Film is another big influence, it’s the story-telling element that he likes to portray in his art. Music is always playing when he’s working.

Training

Chris studied at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle where he gained a degree in Media Production, specialising in Animation and Character design. Prior to that he’d taken courses in fine art and photography.

Approach

Chris usually begins traditionally with pen or pencil on paper. The drawings are scanned and coloured 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’ figurative style is influenced by comics, but applied in all kinds of 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. As his own tastes have changed, so has his aesthetic.

Client list

The Guardian Guide T3 Variety Usborne Orion Dorling Kindersley Harper Collins Kawasaki FHM Philips Image Konami Digital Entertainment Tiger Beer Computer Arts Oxford University Press
The Stories of Climate Change
The Stories of Climate Change
Chris King completes a cover for the Guardian Review on climate change novels.
The Stories of Climate Change
The Invasion of Crooked Oak
The Invasion of Crooked Oak
Something sinister is happening in Crooked Oak...a new children's book illustrated by Chris King and written by Dan Smith
The Invasion of Crooked Oak
Spenser Confidential
Spenser Confidential
Netflix commission Chris King for some epic mural art to promote their new action film Spenser Confidential.
Spenser Confidential
The Red Wedding
The Red Wedding
Featured in last Saturday's Guardian Guide, Chris King creates an epic scene from 'Game of Thrones'.
The Red Wedding
The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth
Chris King illustrates the cover of this weeks Guardian Guide
The Awful Truth
40 under 40
40 under 40
Ad Age's 40 under 40 list of inspiring up-and-coming executives have all been drawn by the talented Chris King
40 under 40
NBA Rookies
NBA Rookies
Chris King produces portraits of the NBA Rookies for a SB Nation quiz.
NBA Rookies
Rogue One
Rogue One
Chris King illustrates for USA's Variety Magazine.
Rogue One
The Bombs that Brought us Together
The Bombs that Brought us Together
Chris King illustrates the cover of Brian Conaghan's latest book.
The Bombs that Brought us Together
Mercedes F1 Team
Mercedes F1 Team
Chris King draws six portraits of Mercedes team members for the 'Planet Won' short film.
Mercedes F1 Team
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