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Liam O'Farrell

Liam O'Farrell - Somerset, UK based illustrator

Growing up in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, Liam decided at the age of 10 that he wanted to be an artist. Just about every decision thereafter was steered by that goal. After studying, he moved to London where he stayed for 23 years. For a while he ran a busy design studio on top of his illustration work. Later he relocated to the tiny town of Pilton in Somerset, near to where the Glastonbury Festival is held. Liam loves being out on his allotment planting and nurturing food for the table. He has turned various old brass instruments into plant pots and an old trombone has been converted into a water feature - it even makes a parping noise once it gets going. Liam hates snobbery of any kind, but particularly in art. His favourite artists include Spencer, Lowry and Wallis.

Training

Liam has an HND in Technical Illustration from Portsmouth Art College.

Approach

After a discussion with the client Liam will tend to deliver quite a detailed drawing to make sure there’s no confusion about what he’ll be creating. He’ll then use inks and watercolours to render the image, with postproduction work done in Photoshop – adding or boosting colours, usually. That said, his work never looks Photoshopped.

Style

People tend to recognise Liam’s old school illustration style straight away. It’s not cartoony, and it’s not serious, and does have architectural and character elements to it as required. He never uses borders, letting the painting sit on a stark white surround for a great deal of impact. Thus it always works in context with typography.

Client list

Tatler O2 The Times Liberty’s of London Perspectives in Architecture BBC Books Macmillan The Big issue One Housing Group Meed
The Ultimate Princess
The Ultimate Princess
Liam Brazier illustrates two Disney stories for an Ultimate Princess Celebration.
The Ultimate Princess
The Unknown
The Unknown
Liam Brazier creates 'The Unknown' using Vectornator's free art and design app.
The Unknown
Evil Corp
Evil Corp
Save the world with new board game Evil Corp, illustrated by Liam Brazier.
Evil Corp
Alive After Death
Alive After Death
Liam Brazier animates the full music video of John Carpenter's 'Alive After Death'.
Alive After Death
The Dead Walk
The Dead Walk
Liam Brazier creates animated visuals for John Carpenter's 'The Dead Walk'.
The Dead Walk
In Appreciation of Jaco Pastorius
In Appreciation of Jaco Pastorius
Liam Brazier pays tribute to American jazz bass player Jaco Pastorius
In Appreciation of Jaco Pastorius
The Art of Marvel Interview
The Art of Marvel Interview
Liam Brazier is interviewed about his work for Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.
The Art of Marvel Interview
Liam Brazier's SCRAPBOOK
Liam Brazier's SCRAPBOOK
Next up in our Interview with an Illustrator series is Liam Brazier!
Liam Brazier's SCRAPBOOK
Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
Liam Brazier's Spiderman artwork is to hang in Disneyland Paris' 'Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel'.
Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel
Copper & Ink Art
Copper & Ink Art
Adorning the walls of Blackheath's Copper & Ink restaurant are several stunning portraits by Liam Brazier.
Copper & Ink Art
Bloody 'Ell
Bloody 'Ell
Liam Brazier animates a promo video for the relaunch of Beavertown Brewery's Bloody 'Ell Blood Orange IPA.
Bloody 'Ell
Where are the Aliens?
Where are the Aliens?
The Radio Times listing guide commission Liam Brazier for an other-worldly illustration.
Where are the Aliens?
A Portrait of Angela Merkel
A Portrait of Angela Merkel
Liam Brazier completes this striking magazine cover for POLITICO Europe
A Portrait of Angela Merkel
Comet Shoemaker
Comet Shoemaker
UK Band 'A Day Called X' premiere their music video 'Comet Shoemaker' illustrated and animated by Liam Brazier.
Comet Shoemaker
VR at Home
VR at Home
Liam Brazier illustrates for United Airlines' Hemispheres Magazine on a virtual reality artwork.
VR at Home
Jaye Jayle Fvnerals
Jaye Jayle Fvnerals
Liam Brazier draws a gig poster for Emma Ruth Rundle’s forthcoming UK tour.
Jaye Jayle Fvnerals
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