We are thrilled to be representing Oscar Mitchell, winning graduate of the SAA Associate Prize for New Talent in Illustration. Having been listed in the graduate selections by both It’s Nice That and Digital Arts online watch for big things from this exciting new talent.
You wouldn’t really think that a seagull could be the beginning or ending of anything in the world of illustration. But it was after producing a line drawing of just such a bird that Oscar Mitchell made his mind up to pursue a career in illustration. That was back in his school days, and the young Glaswegian now has a portfolio full of quirky, vibrant work. He’s an illustrator with a knack for looking at things differently and finding new angles.
After completing his foundation studies at Falmouth, Oscar went on to receive his BA in Illustration from the same institution.
Although he occasionally likes to experiment with digital media, Oscar nearly always uses gouache painting as his main technique. When an image is dry, he scans it in and smoothes it off in Photoshop. It’s a method that results in vibrant colours, and he paints as much or as little detail into the imagery as the brief requires.
Oscar’s work is always colourful, and he enjoys using reds and yellows most. His work is split into two general styles. In his fashion illustrations, he focuses on simplicity and really tries to highlight the lines of the clothing in as few brushstrokes as possible. The resulting images are clear and direct. His children’s illustration work, meanwhile, is more about expressive characters and having fun. There’s lots more detail and texture to engage young eyes with the artwork and the storyline.
SAA Associate Prize for New Talent in Illustration