Studio blog

Creative posts and articles posted on the studio blog. Written by artist and illustrator Jonathan Chapman MA. They feature his most recent illustrations. Plus for anyone interested in the creative process, a few photos from behind the scenes. Including projects that are still in progress. Jonathan likes big colours and lots of detail, he enjoys travelling and finding new compositions with his camera and sketchbook.

October 15th, 2021 | Studio blog

It starts with a pencil…

Detailed compositions, drawings, sketches, storyboards and concept artworkI prefer to draw the world around me, the work often inspired by real places and figurative subjects. My illustrated illustration ...

October 15th, 2021 | Studio blog

Drawn to digital…

Illustration, design and animation. Scanning and manipulating original pieces in Photoshop, or working directly in Fresco with an Apple pencil; I enjoy the challenge of taking my traditional style into digital! Have a look at my latest ...

October 15th, 2021 | Studio blog

Splash some colour…

Feature artworks, canvases and intricate original paintings.I will always love traditional paint and inks. Take a look at some recent ...

October 15th, 2021 | Studio blog

Wallpaper Mural – View From St Giles Hill

One of my Winchester artworks has been brilliantly installed as a large wallpaper mural in this home stairwell. My ‘View From St Giles Hill’ painting captures the scene along the High Street, all roofs and leafy treetops. I had to digitally ...

Hampshire Life Magazine
October 13th, 2021 | Studio blog

On the Cover – Hampshire Life Magazine

Keep an eye out in the newsagents this month! You might recognise this painterly Hampshire Life cover… my ‘St Catherine’s Hill From Hockley Viaduct’ artwork has been splashed across the October edition. When they contacted me about using ...

Great British Food Awards - Black Garlic Vinegar Illustration
October 11th, 2021 | Commercial Illustration, Studio blog

Great British Food Awards

Congratulations to Yarty! two of their products have been selected as finalists in the Great British Food Awards. ‘B’ Black Garlic Vinegar and a Raspberry & Hibiscus cordial. They asked me to create an advert that will run in the monthly ...

Majestic Seasons of Japan Travel Poster
September 20th, 2021 | New In Stock, Shop, Studio blog

Japan Travel Poster

I know I’m not unusual in my love for travel posters. This Japan travel poster is the first one I’ve had opportunity to do for quite some time. There are stunning examples of vintage adverts, postcards and guide covers from all over the world. ...

September 11th, 2021 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Digital, Paint, Cut-out!

A couple of small Winchester studies to share with you. Another little cinema cutout and a shopfront study. It is something I like to do between larger canvases and commercial projects (if there’s time of course!). The smaller scale allows me to ...

Allotment Sunset Commission Overview - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
September 4th, 2021 | Private Commissions, Studio blog

Allotment Sunset Commission

I’ve been desperate to share photos of this recent commission with you. ‘Allotment Sunset’ has been a looming presence in the studio space for the past month or so, a physical construction challenge as well as an artistic compositional one. ...

August 31st, 2021 | Exhibitions & Events, Studio blog

Open Studio Tour (& Thank you!)

It was with huge relief that I closed the studio doors after the bank holiday. It was an exhausting push to get things tidied up and presentable; but mostly it was gratitude for finally being able to open again… along with those important ...