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Chris King

Chris King - Ilkey, UK based illustrator

Chris King is a Leeds-based illustrator with an impactful figurative style based on strong line work and the comic art that influenced his early career. Innovating with colour and line weight, he’s broadened his style to include elegant and atmospheric landscape imagery, using narrative in his images to give his client’s message extra resonance with the audience.
Photography, film-making, animation, fine art, painting and sculpture are all areas this multi-talented artist has worked in, but the feeling he gets from putting a pencil to paper is like no other and it has driven his successful illustration career, working for leading media outlets, publishing houses and consumer brands. Chris studied Media Production at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle.

Approach

An artwork 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 applies his figurative, line-based style in many 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, with his new style emerging with less emphasis on line and more on colour and form.

Client list

Chris has been commissioned by clients including The Guardian, Men’s Fitness, Tiger Beer, Konami, Philips, Image Comics, Oxford University Press, Variety, Dorling Kindersley, Kawasaki and more.
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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