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John Walsom

John Walsom - United Kingdom based illustrator

John Walsom trained as an architect but worked in several different creative jobs before becoming an illustrator. His drawing skills were passed on to him by his father, who was an engineer but could do a great Donald Duck and is still a painter today. In addition to painting, John enjoys playing guitar and has been in various bands. He likes astronomy too, and looks at stars through a telescope pondering how small we are down here on Earth. Along with his dog, he goes out exploring old woodlands where not much has changed for thousands of years. Good beer, malt whisky, rain at night and silence are some of his other pleasures.

Training

John has a BA in Architecture from the University of Sheffield and a DipArch also from Sheffield. He has practiced as an architect, and as an architectural photographer and illustrator, and has also worked as a scenic artist at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Approach

Most of John’s illustrations are done in watercolour, though he sometimes uses acrylics. 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

His watercolour images are usually more detailed and accurate than his acrylic paintings. He spends more time doing the drawing than the painting, which is fairly loose and adventurous, with a rich colour palette. If he can, he’ll paint in oils en plein air – he likes to work fast with the changing light.

Client list

Cambridge University Oxford University Press Harrods The Royal Bank of Scotland Historic Royal Palaces Rolex Andrew Winch Designs Corbin & King The Guardian The Sunday Telegraph
Pencil made art of Blomfield Street scene
John Walsom
Line illustration of new portico to Kensington Palace
John Walsom
Hotel Spa Interior - Architectural illustration
John Walsom
Acrylic painting of Harrods building
John Walsom
Richmond old town hall - Architectural drawing
John Walsom
Historic Hampton Court Palace
John Walsom
Realistic art of Patisserie Valerie Cafe Interior
John Walsom
Bar Italia contemporary art
John Walsom
Shrek at Drury Lane Streetscape Illustration
John Walsom
Strand Westbound Bus transportation
John Walsom
Sheekey's Restaurant architectural painting
John Walsom
Topping & Company Bookshop exterior watercolor illustration
John Walsom
The Colosseum - Architectural painting
John Walsom
Watercolour illustration by John Walsom
John Walsom
Hampton Court Palace Interior
John Walsom
Dinning room watercolor painting
John Walsom
Proposal for an office reception in Manhattan
John Walsom
Proposal for the interior of a historic theatre in Malta
John Walsom
Chateau Lafite illustration
John Walsom
Theatre Auditorium - Architectural sketch
John Walsom
New Bond Streetscape Painting
John Walsom
Streetscape Illustration by John Walsom
John Walsom
Aerial view of London cityscape illustration
John Walsom
Library interior line and wash illustration
John Walsom
Retro Hotel Bar watercolor illustration
John Walsom
Contemporary art of Christmas stree
John Walsom
Guitar Porn in Denmark Street
John Walsom
SouthBank in summer painting by John Walsom
John Walsom
Watercolour exhibited at the London Transport Museum
John Walsom
South Bank Lights illustration
John Walsom
Oil painting of Andalucia
John Walsom
Watercolor painting of Hardknott Pass, Lake District UK
John Walsom
Front door painting by UK based illustrator
John Walsom
Oxford Street Summer oil painting by John Walsom
John Walsom
Painting of a Porter's Stream in Bushy Park, in Autumn
John Walsom
Richmond Riverside watercolor illustration
John Walsom
Illustration of bookshop interior
John Walsom
West End Taxis painting by John Walsom
John Walsom
Architectural Illustration of Hampton Court Palace
John Walsom
Watercolour Artwork of The Ballroom at Knole
John Walsom
Snow Scene in Norway painting by John Walsom
John Walsom
Acrylic Art of Old Blackfriars Bridge
John Walsom
Watercolour Painting by UK Based Illustrator
John Walsom
Historic Kitchens painting
John Walsom
illustration of art shelf
John Walsom
Realistic painting of Overflow Pond in Home Park, Hampton
John Walsom
Oil painting by John Walsom
John Walsom
Orion Nebula Painting
John Walsom
Flower Illustration
John Walsom
Two Roses Watercolour painting
John Walsom
John Walsom has consistently enabled Sheppard Robson to portray our designs to clients over a number of years. In addition his keeness to respond to tight time frames has been very beneficial to various projects.
Mark Dillon, Sheppard Robson
John's beautiful renderings perfectly capture the emotion and atmosphere of our interiors. His calm approach and thorough process result in totally accurate interpretations of our brief. We enjoy his reliable and friendly way of working and above all his willingness to accommodate the last minute tweaks that always creep in.
Oliver Stirling, Andrew Winch Designs
We have been working with John for a number of years and his talent and skill have been instrumental in securing comissions for us. His beautiful watercolours speak for themselves. His soft, flattering style makes buildings look appealing and attractive. John is able to work with a very sketchy brief and he is extremely good at filling gaps in design using creatively his intuition and his architectural background. John is a man of his word, he always delivers and has never let us down.
Chris Wieszczycki, Director TP Bennet
John has completed a large number of high quality illustrations for us. He has always responded quickly and kept to tight deadlines. He is able to contribute creatively to the briefing process and then to work with minimal design input from his client. His illustrations represent great value for us, in giving us the edge over the competition when presenting schemes to interested third parties, and winning land bids.
Paul Vallone, Berkeley Homes (Central London)
Thank you for all your hard work and I really am hoping we can sway the client our way on this. It looks lovely. Exactly as I envisaged it and then some.
Chris Beckles, J Walter Thompson
I have known John for many years and have enjoyed having him on our team. Winning work through his superlative artistic illustrations which have set such a high standard to our work which our clients and team colleagues all appreciate. Having John's artwork on our schemes sets the seal on having the best opportunity to win in a competitive pitch situation. I would recommend him to anyone looking for quality visualisations.
Neil Morris, TP Bennett and Engle
One of John's many skills is taking very preliminary architectural information and presenting it in a way that makes it attractive, appropriate and believable. His work at Aylesbury Waterside for Crest Nicholson was fantastic and delivered significant praise from both Borough Councillors and members of the public. Well done.
Bruce McArthur, Crest Nicholson Developments
John Walsom has completed several stunning illustrations for Harrods in recent months. Each piece has been created to an exceptionally high standard and we have been thoroughly delighted with the efficiency and professionalism John has shown throughout the project. These illustrations are to be used for our Heritage Food Range packaging and will provide an elegant and unique style to the products.
Harrods, Harrods
We were delighted with the watercolour illustrations produced by John Walsom. We used John's drawings in the planning process on a number of our development projects and they made a real difference in demonstrating our proposals. We have also used the drawings as part of our marketing material to attract retailers to our developments.
Allan Lockhart, Stockland Halladale Developments
John has produced several high quality perspectives for us over the past few years. He has always been extremely professional, has met some very tight deadlines, and has helped us significantly in obtaining clients' approval to our designs. We would certainly recommend him.
Brian Lightbody, Michael Laird Architects
This is just a quick note to say that the new drawing of the Assembly Rooms looks absolutely great - a beautiful piece of work. We have used it in a new piece of print and it has generated some very positive comments - so many thanks for doing it so quickly, it was just what we wanted.
Lesley Patrick, Opera North
It was a pleasure to work with John. He contributed to the briefing process, responded quickly, kept to deadlines and produced two wonderful watercolour paintings of winery buildings which were used on the cover of our quarterly Wine List.
Katy Burton, The Wine Society
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