Artists : Lee Wildish

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About this artist

Lee Wildish

From a young age I became interested in illustration and art, from doodles in my maths books, to the famous works of art. I still remember my first illustration that anyone saw. 7 years of age. It was at a chess competition, I did not excel at chess but there was an art competition too. I entered a rather odd funny looking Loch Ness monster and it won first prize! Obviously I have moved on a little since then with a OND, HND and BA(Hon) all in the arts.

As soon as I left University I started as a graphic designer for a advertising agency in Nottingham learning the ins and outs of graphics and corporate literature then moved to a printers as studio manager this helped me understand the printing processes and have a wide range of clients which required there briefs to be met at high standard and tight deadlines after this I then moved to a newspaper as studio manager where the team designed large corporate events marketing and running visual campaigns to promote the newspapers and magazines. After this I needed a bit of a change from all this so I ventured into greeting cards where I stayed for 5 years producing artwork, illustrations and design concepts from start to finish until I became re involved in illustration again and that is the story to date.... I thoroughly enjoy illustrating Children's books. I find them funny and you can add slight adult humour to as well to appeal to the purchaser. There is nothing more warming than seeing people enjoying and laughing at a published book that you have illustrated.

I find Nature and people the biggest influence in my work and try (depending on art direction) to get as much character and expression into each piece of work as possible.

I will always try to reinvent my styles and have as many as possible as doing one style too long I find a little repetitive so look out for some new styles in some new media other than digital to be out soon when they are perfected.

I have illustrated several books for clients including Caterpillar books, Blue Apple Books, Usborne, Igloo, Badger books, Franklin Watts, Piggy Toes Press, Hodder, Little Tiger Press, HarperCollins, Parragon, Simon and Schuster, Harcourt and Innovative Kids with a wide range of styles and media.

Artist skills

  • Traditional
  • Digital

Clients include

  • Pearson Education
  • Random House
  • Scholastic
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Usborne Publishing