Born in London and now based in Bristol, Joe Lillington graduated from University College Falmouth in 2014 and since leaving has already had two titles published by Flying Eye Books. Toby and the Ice Giants and Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs explores Joe's keen interest in natural history and knowledge of the pre-historic world. He also has a passion for history especially Anglo Saxon and Celtic life, with his great use of line and excellent draughtsmanship, his style is informative whilst being unique and honest.
Joe's work is influenced by Medieval manuscripts for their detail and depiction of figures and landscapes. Bruegel is an artist he admires, for the interesting stories hidden in the detail whilst simultaneously giving a sense of atmosphere and place. Joe also fell in love with Asterix comics as a child, sparking his interest in history with excellent characterisation and narrative, which he also tries to emulate in his work.
Joe's process starts with a pencil drawing where he varies the thickness of line depending on the scale. Sometimes he works over it with pencil and crayon or watercolour, then colours it digitally. Joe tries to keep the digital process simple, his aim is to create a sense of depth and atmosphere in his work.
Flying Eye Books
New York Times
The Corporation of London
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