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.

Alresford Christmas Tree - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
November 17th, 2023 | Holidays & Celebrations

Alresford Christmas Tree

Our home (and my studio) sits on the Old Alresford Road that runs from Winchester to... well, Alresford! Alresford is a lovely market town, part of the wider Winchester district within Hampshire, but with its own very distinct identity. I've always ...

Constructing City Compositions

Constructing City Compositions

A torturous title 😆. It can be difficult to get across just how much preparation and construction goes into an artwork. Especially the bigger canvas compositions, which can be quite the jigsaw puzzle! I like to think that it’s one of the ...

Raspberry Beret

It’s always nice to have a fresh canvas to play with (and I’m lucky enough to be given quite a lot of creative freedom in my illustration). But sometimes a commercial project requires a reworking. It’s a different challenge to bend new art ...

Itchen Abbas Christmas Fair 2023 Feature Banner
November 6th, 2023 | Studio blog

Itchen Abbas Christmas Fair

Last year I volunteered to help out with the PTA. Somehow bagging the role of treasurer. It’s nice to give back to a small village school, which provides such a wonderful supportive environment for both our kids. There are some wonderful events ...

Weihnachtsmarkt Hamburg - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Weihnachtsmarkt Hamburg

This year has been full of festive scenes, I guess it’s become one of my specialities? I enjoy the challenge of them and they seem to hit the right level of twee/decorative to work well on product packaging, cards and my favourite ceramic tree ...

September 30th, 2023 | Studio blog

New Space and an Old Vista

The builders have now packed up and moved on, leaving us with a deathly quiet and some wonderful new family space 🙂. We finally have a kitchen where we can host… or even just a clean and calm space to escape for a coffee. My studio is ...

August 29th, 2023 | Studio blog

What’s my name again?

Well i'm FINALLY back in the studio today after a prolonged absence. Despite much planning and naive hope of remaining at our home through most of our building work; we ended up moving out of Couch Green for about 7 weeks! Due to some very kind ...

July 8th, 2023 | #Sports&Festivals, Studio blog

Lords Cricket Ground

It’s been a busy Summer of sport and I’ve been trying to find the time to share this results of my latest illustration; a depiction of Lords cricket ground in London. It’s often referred to as the ‘Home of cricket’ and has been idly on my ...

June 16th, 2023 | Studio blog

Building Work & TMS

What a scorching week it has been here in Hampshire ☀️ (and by the sounds of things all across the UK). I’ve been extremely grateful for the shade provided by the old apple tree that stands beside my studio. It really does reduce ...

Jack Dee Live at the Apollo - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Jack Dee Live at the Apollo

Here's a commissioned piece I created back in December. It's an evening study of the Hammersmith Apollo in London. 'Jack Dee Live at the Apollo' was created as a gift, celebrating the comedy series which performed here from 2004 and aired on BBC ...

Books & Catalogues - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
Books & Catalogues - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
Books & Catalogues - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
Books & Catalogues - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
Books & Catalogues - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
Books & Catalogues - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
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