Joel Millerchip is an illustrator that translates briefs into visual stories of curly-haired characters, fantastic beasts, and distorted scenes. He draws influence from talking to real people, his own warped memories, and mythology. Joel is also a founding member of illustrators collective Brothers Of The Stripe.
Birmingham illustrator, Joshua Billingham creates twisted characters that pay homage to the New York subway art of the early 80s.
He intensifies his creations by layering unusual combinations of textures and drawing influence from the cartoons of his childhood .
Josh, aka Gent 48, also likes to people-watch. He often makes caricatures of the folk he meets on his travels. After all, real life can be pretty warped too.
Since 2003 Guy Mckinley has been consistently producing character heavy, offbeat, colourful illustrations. A Japanese influence is clearly visible in a lot of his work and so pattern, colour and detailing run strongly throughout. McKinley’s work is infused with his love of old comic and storybook art from his youth.
Last month we welcomed Column Arts Agency and founder Will Astbury to the Society of Artist Agents.
Interview with Will Astbury
Q. What drove you to establish Column Arts Agency?
I dreamt up the idea for Column Arts Agency in Manchester in January 2011. A self-employed journalist and marketer at the time, I had been helping artist-friends to do their tax returns. I’d been doing my own for years and I’d always been meticulous when running my business and doing my own accounting.