Joe Nevin Illustration
Hi, I am a Scottish artist living up in the hills in the Scottish Borders. I trained at the Glasgow School of Art in Drawing and Painting but as can be seen I have moved over to doing a lot more illustration, some of which is digital – if I’m honest, partly out of sheer impatience and laziness. I will eventually get some oils done again but in the meantime I will be doing some quicker, fun work that has significantly less drying time.
I’m not keen on using the word ‘artist’ to describe myself because of its connotations – but it saves a lot of time and confusion and a long-winded explanation of any ‘craft’ alternative. But the truth is I am only interested in the craft. I admire other ‘artists’ who have mastered a craft, whether that be in oils, digital illustration, writing, music or whatever.
One purpose of this site/blog is of course to show my work and explain the process, but I am keen to give others a forum to show images or videos of their work and tell us about it. A lot of artists and illustrators are interesting people and their working process can be surprising and fascinating. Not to mention that most work extremely hard, contrary to popular belief.
I have always had a kind of dread of ‘cheese and wine’ if you know what I mean, and I suspect a lot of artists and illustrators feel the same way. The gallery system is particularly tough for painters as they have to get beyond the gatekeepers. Thankfully, this is one way to bypass all of that. (Feel free to have cheese and wine while you look around – I don’t want to put you off!)
As you’ll see I like to work with a variety of techniques, depending upon the idea and how I’m feeling at the time. So the blog should be varied.
Please feel free to comment or give opinions.