I’m an artist and illustrator living in Brighton and I’ve lived in the West Hill area since 2012.
As a child, growing up in Yorkshire, my grandad was a big influence in my early interest in drawing and painting. Being a keen amateur wildlife artist and cartoonist, he helped to inspire my love of nature and the arts. I would eventually go on to follow my passion in nature and study Wildlife Illustration at Carmarthen College of Arts and Technology, Wales in 1989 – 91.
In 2012 my work was published in the New Talent section of the Association of Illustrators publication, ‘Images 36’. It’s Britain’s only jury-selected illustration competition and has very stringent criteria for submission.
Over the last six of years I have been working on a self-initiated project called, ‘One Sketch a Day’, the subjects and content of which range from the bizarre to the mundane. The illustrations can be inspired by anything from a conversation, a snapshot of a stranger on a bus, a fly sitting on a car bonnet or a current affairs news story. The general quirks and oddities of life all play a part in providing me with endless material to put down on paper.
My daily sketches are a visual diary, which can often depict a somewhat distorted and humorous view of life around me. You can follow my ‘One Sketch a Day’ daily postings on:
You can also see my work on my website: www.adrianventura.co.uk