Chloe Batchelor is an illustrator, animator and screen-printer based in Brighton.
Since leaving college Chloe has worked in a number of studios developing her own distinctive, rascally style. “I enjoy creating comical characters and illustrations with a fun and vibrant twinkle,” she tells us. “Top things to draw include grizzly bears, wacky hair-dos and things on bikes.”
Where did you train and what did you specialise in?
I studied Animation at Edinburgh College of Arts
Can you describe your workflow?
I always sketch everything up first, my sketches are often very rough and messy, but I think that helps to capture character sometimes. Then I take it into Illustrator, using my sketches as an overlay guide. Using my Wacom tablet speeds the whole process up. Finally I add the textures in Photoshop.
What techniques and approaches do you use most?
I make my own hand made textures, from all sorts of things, paint rollers, crayons, spray cans etc. I then apply them to backgrounds or create Photoshop brushes out of them to add shadows and detail to my work. I frequently use the spraycan brush to add shadows into my characters.
What has been your favourite piece you've created and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to create the illustrations for the Vodafone Comedy Festival in Ireland for the past 4 years. It's so much fun to go to an event and see your cartoons life size. They really go to town on the whole concept, they even have actors, dressed as my characters walking around the grounds.
My favourite screen print currently is my Thunderkitty print. It’s a four-colour hand-pulled print which I created for this year’s Pick Me Up. I deliberately tried to not be so neat and loosen up my style, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
Which clients have you worked for?
Vodafone, Canterbury Children’s Festival, Nick Jnr, Barnardo’s, Southern Water, Hackney Council, Source Mag., First Scot Rail.
Where have you exhibited your work?
Pick Me Up at Somerset House, London; Directors Cut with Print Club, MC Motors, Dalston, London and at Unlimited in Brighton
What/who are you biggest influences?
I’m a grown-up that still loves cartoons. So many shows have been a huge influence, from Thundercats to Ren & Stimpy. Other artists that inspire me include Parra, Jon Burgerman, Mike Perry, Genevieve Gauckler and Klub 7.
What would be your one piece of advice for creatives aspiring to work in the design industry?
Perseverance is key. Also I’d recommend to learn something new, it changes things up a little. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine glued behind a screen. One of the most enjoyable things I’ve done was learning how to screen print. Get the inks out, get messy and make mistakes.
What has inspired you most recently?
I’ve recently visited Berlin again, it’s such a fantastic place, you can’t help but be inspired by all the street art there. I’ve spotted Klub 7, Vhils, JR and Dave the Chimp to name a few.
Also, on the cartoon front, I love Bee and PuppyCat by Natasha Allegri on Cartoon Hangover, it has me in stitches! So, so good.
What would be your dream commission?
If I could link my work with my love of music that would be fab. Working with a band as creatively free and talented as OK Go would be a dream come true. Those chaps know how to put on a show!
What are you working on now?
I teamed up with the super folk at Ticktockrobot at the start of the year. We’re working on a big multi-platform project that’s great fun and keeps me very busy! I’d love to say more, but we’ve got to keep it under wraps for a little while. As soon as we can shout about it I’m sure we will, from rooftops!
Thunder Kitty, 4-colour hand-pulled limited edition print, created for Pick Me Up - London 2014