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Sholto Walker

Sholto Walker - Somerset, UK based illustrator

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
The Paninis of Pompeii is Out!
The Paninis of Pompeii is Out!
Egmont Books publish Andy Stanton's 'The Paninis of Pompeii' illustrated by the brilliant Sholto Walker.
The Paninis of Pompeii is Out!
The Paninis of Pompeii
The Paninis of Pompeii
Sholto Walker is excited about the forthcoming release of Andy Stanton’s The Paninis of Pompeii.
The Paninis of Pompeii
Twas the NightCap Before Christmas
Twas the NightCap Before Christmas
Sholto Walker illustrates a comedy twist on the classic Nineteenth Century Christmas poem.
Twas the NightCap Before Christmas
Where the Wild Dads Went
Where the Wild Dads Went
'Where the Wild Dads Went' is the latest in Katie Blackburn’s brilliantly humorous adults’ version of Maurice Sendak’s 'Where the Wild Things Are', illustrated by Sholto Walker.
Where the Wild Dads Went
Bingley Bongley
Bingley Bongley
Sholto Walker develops the character and illustrates the children's story Bingley Bongley.
Bingley Bongley
Illustrator Profile - Sholto Walker
Illustrator Profile - Sholto Walker
Sholto Walker draws with energetic & immediate lines creating characterful illustrations.
Illustrator Profile - Sholto Walker
Balthazar Fabuloso In the Lair of the Humbugs
Balthazar Fabuloso In the Lair of the Humbugs
Holiday House Publishers commission Sholto Walker to illustrate Iona Brindle's latest comic, adventure & fantasy story.
Balthazar Fabuloso In the Lair of the Humbugs
Where the Wild Mums Are
Where the Wild Mums Are
Where the Wild Mums Are
How to Slay a Werewolf
How to Slay a Werewolf
How to Slay a Werewolf
Cerebral Palsy Campaign
Cerebral Palsy Campaign
Cerebral Palsy Campaign
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