Artist of the Week: Ollie Weaver

“With my illustrative career, I’ve funnelled my work into two main categories, one being imprinted with music, skate culture and film.

Ollie Weaver is an illustrator from Poole, who presents his work through a graphic styling of colours and line work, or through the subject material, such as his collection of portraits on various musicians in all forms of genres.

More lately, Ollie has taken a different direction with my work, looking into the satirical form of illustration through Politics, or his project looking at mental illness in life and art, and the stigma attached to illnesses like Dementia and Schizophrenia.

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“I have to also take into consideration the fact that I am colour-blind, and with that I have a very hard time both distinguishing colour and incorporating colour into my work, either choosing simple black and white or opting for a more abstract and less “life-like” style.”

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This approach on the other hand has really aided Ollie during his first year of uni, learning about similar artists and the simple fact to embrace anything you are given, disability or not.

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“When I was starting my FMP, I was certain on a children’s book as it became a real love after my two recent projects and I wanted my book to be unlike any other, a real stand out.”

Alongside the recent events of America involving trump that he was passionate about, Ollie decided to revolve him into a Childrens’ book, as something like that hadn’t have been done.

“As I got further with my progression, the story and themes got more humorous and an edge of satire and black humour began to bleed into the book, and my target audience was jolted to a universal target, but with the exterior designed for little children.”

Ollie Weaver is soon to be starting at Camberwell College of Arts in London, studying Illustration; after his recent Foundation Diploma at Arts University Bournemouth.

 

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