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Sholto Walker

International children's book illustrator. UK

Sholto Walker
Now based in a village just outside Bath, Sholto Walker grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, just 100 yards from the sea. When he wasn't on the beach he was in his room taking things apart or just drawing.

Sholto trained to be a painter, but his talent for drawing led him into illustration. He’s happiest when he can take an idea and turn it into a picture. Cycling is one of Sholto’s main passions and for a while he even thought of becoming a professional. Recently, he’s been working on a book discovering and riding the 50 best cycling climbs in Somerset.

Influences include Vermeer, Steven Campbell, Peter Howson, John Bellany, Francis Bacon, Otto Dix, Paula Rego, Stanley Spencer and William Hogarth. He also includes cartoonists like Hergé, Ralph Steadman and Gerald Scarfe amongst his artist heroes.

Training

After a foundation year in Southend, Sholto went to the Cheltenham School of Art where he specialised in painting.

Approach

Drawing in pencil on paper is where it always starts. Sholto used to use watercolour, coloured pencils and ink but these days his inked drawings are scanned in and coloured using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Style

Sholto’s style is energetic and immediate. He likes to work quickly and in doing so his work is very expressive. There’s wit and humour in it too – not necessarily jokes but something amusing that people can quickly relate to. When he works he always imagines the person viewing the illustration at an individual level rather than as a ‘market’.
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Illustration of Children and monsters at ballet school
Black and white line drawing illustration of a man and woman
Boy & girl illustration | Humourous style gallery
Alien creature and cat | Humour style gallery
Rooster illustration | Humour style gallery
Comic farm animals illustration by Sholto Walker
An illustration women having party
Man shaving his legs in bath, an illustration by Sholto Walker
Monster and kids illustration by Sholto Walker
Illustration of purple robot picking carrots
Illustration of robot and girl playing hide and seek
Sunflowers illustration by Sholto Walker
Purple robot in sunflower feild - An illustration by Sholto Walker
Cartoon tick illustration by Sholto Walker
Boy and monster building a tree house - Cartoon illustration by Sholto Walker
Werewolf drawings by Sholto Walker
Anthropomorphic insects illustration by Sholto Walker
An illustration of a character
Line drawing of a annoyed spider
An illustration of purple robot driving a submarine
Illustration of Crow and Rooster
Farm animals illustration | Animal style gallery
Women dancing in beach, illustration by Sholto Walker
Anthropomorphised insect | humour style gallery
Cartoon character illustration for Elixir book cover
An illustration of robot & young girl standing together
cartoon rat illustration by Sholto Walker
Robot and boy illustration by Sholto Walker
Monster and boy illustration by Sholto Walker
Monster and boy riding bicycle - Cartoon illustration by Sholto Walker
Cat with guitar and mouse - An illustration by Sholto Walker
Illustration of animal mummification process by Sholto Walker
Creature illustration | Character design gallery
Illustration of two comic creatures repairing a vase
Illustration of comic characters pose
Illustration of children on bicycle chase
Insect illustration | Humourous style gallery
An illustration of purple robot with young girl and cat on shoulders
Rooster and crow illustration | Humour style gallery
Couple illustration by Sholto Walker
An illustration of a boy in the sailing boat
Playing baby illustration by Sholto Walker
An illustration of Golf between children and monsters
Illustration of purple robot & girl looking at a giant pumpkin
An illustration of Mice in domestic situations
Cartoon cockerel illustration by Sholto Walker
Bizarre female monster illustration by Sholto Walker
Boy and monster sitting in sofa - An illustration by Sholto Walker
Rat character illustration by Sholto Walker
Monster in kitchen sink - An illustration by Sholto Walker
Illustration of boy teaching pet monster how to brush teeth by Sholto Walker

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