Portfolio: Joe Waldron

Illustrator, Bristol, UK

Bristol-based illustrator (and children's author) Joe Waldron has been commissioned for a variety of publications, as well as illustrating his own series of children's books.

Where did you train?

I graduated from UWE Bristol.

What are your favourite tools?

My favourite tools are probably my pencils.

What kinds of craft materials and technology do you work with and why?

I usually use a combination of pencil crayons, inks and Photoshop when I create my work. I use these because they allow me to work quickly and efficiently without losing the freedom I enjoy.

Which clients have you worked for?

I have worked with clients such as Plan Adviser, the Sunday Times, the Radio Times, Therapy Today, Beer Advocate, Corporate Treasurer and Hallmark among others

Where have you exhibited your work?

I have exhibited in The Arnolfini, Urban Outfitters and Start in Bristol, while also exhibiting at Foyles on Charring Cross Rd and The Gallery in Redchurch St in London.

What has inspired you most recently?

My biggest inspiration has always been to push myself and to make myself a better illustrator so with every client I work with I am always inspired to push myself to create even better work.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on various editorial commissions, as well as a large number of personal projects.

These include a project based on my re-imagining of old 1950s comic book ads and an abstract book revolving around shapes and colours, which is based on a traumatic day in my childhood. I’m also starting work on my many children's books, which I’ve been writing over the past few years.

Joe Waldron was commissioned to illustrate a Plan Adviser article on Postagrams; this was the result.

Some of Waldron's work evokes the visual tone of mid-20th-century Americana. "This piece is an American football trading card I’m working on for my 1950s comic project," he writes.

Waldron call this Summer, "a piece for a friend".

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This one is named Time Therapy, "an illustration for an article on how moments in time are all linked".

Thor, Judge Dredd and Spider-Man are given a spindly, Giacometti-esque re-imagining in Super Heroes. "These are individual superheroes for a repeat pattern I worked on," Waldron writes.

Waldron say of Wrestling: "This work is for my Picking Up The Pieces project, which deals with anxiety and depression."

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Matador, another piece for Picking Up The Pieces. Rough translation: “The bull is my anxiety. The matador is my depression. How can I stop the endless struggle? My depression facilitates my anxiety, and my depression increases my anxiety.”

Home-Run, "another trading card for my 1950s comic project".

RUN is "a tribute to the stresses of life and how we are always moving".

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