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Now based in a village just outside Bath, Sholto Walker grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, just 100 yards from the sea. When he wasn't on the beach he was in his room taking things apart or just drawing. Sholto trained to be a painter, but his talent for drawing led him into illustration. He’s happiest when he can take an idea and turn it into a picture. Cycling is one of Sholto’s main passions and for a while he even thought of becoming a professional. Recently, he’s been working on a book discovering and riding the 50 best cycling climbs in Somerset. Influences include Vermeer, Steven Campbell, Peter Howson, John Bellany, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, Paula Rego, Stanley Spencer and William Hogarth. He also includes cartoonists like Hergé, Ralph Steadman and Gerald Scarfe amongst his artist heroes.

Training

After a foundation year in Southend, Sholto went to the Cheltenham School of Art where he specialised in painting.

Approach

Drawing in pencil on paper is where it always starts. Sholto used to use watercolour, coloured pencils and ink but these days his inked drawings are scanned in and coloured using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Style

Sholto’s style is energetic and immediate. He likes to work quickly and in doing so his work is very expressive. There’s wit and humour in it too – not necessarily jokes but something amusing that people can quickly relate to. When he works he always imagines the person viewing the illustration at an individual level rather than as a ‘market’.

Client list

Macmillan Random House The BBC Langland Advertising Kodak Saatchi and Saatchi The Times Annick Press Egmont Books
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Book cover design by UK based illustrator
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Illustration for a dragon
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Frome Festival 2020
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Illustration of dozing man on the couch
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Bingley Bongley Book Cover art
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The Great Debate Cartoon and humour
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Where the Wild Dads Went Book Cover
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Artwork of a boy playing with a toy
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Watercolour painting of man enter into the house
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Crowd of men having party at house
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Illustration for a drunk man dancing in the party
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Illustration for group of drunk men
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Beautiful character illustration of child’s best friend
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Cartoon illustration for a child playing with books
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Caricature of Mark Ian Price
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Mark Ian Price enjoying food illustration
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Illustration of a sad boy
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Gif animation of spider
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Insect illustration | Humourous style gallery
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Illustration of robot and girl playing hide and seek
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Anthropomorphised insect | humour style gallery
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Cartoon and humour walk graphic
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Dutch Bantam animal graphic
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