My next Sketchbook Project entry is Alex Mathers (@MoonApe on Twitter). Alex is a fantastic illustrator with quite the following. From his website:
With a degree in geography, I am a self-taught illustrator from London, living in Tokyo and born in Copenhagen in 1984. I’m currently working with the Google+ design team, amongst other projects.
I’m a fan of volcanoes, snow monkeys, electronic music, sea creatures and outer space.
I run a site for creatives called Red Lemon Club, through which I’ve self-published four books aimed at creatives and freelancers. I also run a contemporary visual arts site called Ape on the Moon.
My previous clients have included:
Saatchi & Saatchi, NY
Smith & Foulkes
United Nations Environmental Programme
Popular Mechanics Magazine
Singapore Business Times newspaper
Alex is a very talented (and busy) guy, have a look at some of his work HERE.
I’ve had my hand at different mediums throughout the sketchbook, and I didn’t want there to be a bulk of one particular style. And as much as I want to keep my portraits in the form of the Twitter follower I am depicting, Alex’s illustrative style is just something I didn’t think I could pull off in a portrait. It is difficult to draw and paint in other folks’ style… try it. Anyway, I was afraid I’d do Alex a large disservice, so I opted for a simple graphite wash. Simple, but nothing I’ve tried before in this sketchbook. Of course, the scan doesn’t help (must get a better scanner). It looks a bit smoother in person, believe me. So… Alex Mathers.
Alex Mathers – Graphite wash
Alex, thanks for following me on Twitter!