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Simon Birtall UK based freelance illustrator & artist, book covers, greetings cards, packaging and stock illustration

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    About Simon Birtall

    My illustration work has encompassed greetings cards, book covers, advertising and packaging and more. My clients include Hallmark Cards, NatWest Bank, Random House and BBC Worldwide. I am used to working to tight deadlines to set briefs. I am happy to work to commission or to submit completed designs for consideration to the greetings cards market. Fees are negotiable. I also have a range of stock illustration available for use immediately for an arranged fee. Most of my work is for the UK market, but I do accept commissions from overseas.

    I enjoy painting landscapes from my own photographs and display my fine art work from time to time in selected galleries. In July 2003 I held a solo exhibition of Liverpool and Wirral landscape paintings and drawings - 'Both Sides of The Water' - at Liverpool Academy of Arts. My painting of Birkenhead Park was selected as a finalist in the Daily Mail's NOT The Turner Prize 2003 and was exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London. My previous one-man exhibition was held In 1996 at the Domino Gallery in Liverpool. I exhibit at the annual Beatles exhibition at Liverpool Academy of Arts, coinciding with the Matthew Street Festival.

    My painting technique has developed over a number of years after studying the work of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, particularly the pointillist theories of Seurat and Signac. I build up colour in multiple layers to form an almost pointillist effect over the canvas, creating optical mixtures and effects. I favour scenes bathed in strong sunlight, with striking contrasts of light and shadow. Up until the end of the 1990's I was producing illustration work in acrylics and fine art work in alkyds, but I now work exclusively in acrylics, the drying time of which enables me to work more quickly. I work on canvas board when producing illustration work and stretched canvas or canvas board for gallery work and private commissions.

    The majority of the black and white illustrations included in the drawings section of my website are landscapes taken from my sketchbook. Many of the landscape drawings of Merseyside were exhibited in my 'Both Sides of The Water' exhibition in 2003, and include images of Liverpool and Wirral. There is also a selection of pencil sketches of the Isle of Mull in Scotland and some more illustrative drawings including pictures of people and historical illustrations.

    Portraits include both full colour paintings in acrlyics or alkyds and pencil drawings. They include both famous people and private commissions. Click here for my portraits page.
    I also offer a portraits from photographs service. I can produce a full colour portrait painting or black and white pencil drawing from one of your own photographs of family or friends.
    Click here for details of my portraits from photographs service.
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