Matthew Slater

Illustration and  creative writing

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As a child, I had the freedom to explore on a farm and in countryside in which I could play, get muddy and expand my imagination. Years later, my illustration work revisits this idyllic world with a sense of fun, playfulness, whimsicallity and nostalgia. Commercially, I am more tied to a variety of design and illustration styles that fit the appropriate demands of sales managers and clients. Left to my own devices I can enter a world of caricatures, cartoons and quirky animals where I am equally at home sketching in cafes as beneath windswept trees on lonely hills. I love sketching on an iPad or with a trusty fountain pen on a favourite sketchpad.

 

Media

Indesign : Illustrator : Photoshop : iPad (Procreate and Affinity Designer) : pen and ink : watercolor : acrylic inks and occasionally a little paint

 

Illustration Themes

Seaside : gardening : farming : wildlife : countryside : equine : nature : cartoons : whimsical : cute : caricature : vintage machinery : Urban Sketching

 

For 2020 I hope to develop a series of seaside themes using the iPad as my main illustration tool with the aim of creating prints to sell (see below).

 

Creative Writing

On my blog are many examples of either short stories or nature awareness writings. I hope to re-organise them to make it easier to find them as a separate section here.

 

Novel Writing

I am currently writing a magical reality novel based on farming and rural life in west Worcestershire where I spent my early years. I am aiming to get a first draft completed by the summer of 2020.

 

Online Shop

I am exploring the possibility of selling prints of illustrations online, hopefully spring 2020. These may be ordinary digital A4/A3 prints on card which can be purchased for a modest fee and can then be framed or displayed as desired by the buyer.