Sunday, 20 January 2013

Artist spotlight: Edward Cheverton

I recently came across Edward Cheverton's work and was instantly struck by his aesthetic and his use of colour, shape and composition. Cheverton is an illustration student in his final year at Brighton University, where he studies along with  the fantastic Nick Edwards, but his work is already being noticed- he's been featured on art and design compendium It's Nice That and many other sites. He dabbles confidently in various mediums- comics, animation, model/figure-making and collage amongst others, producing quality output in each. His comics and illustration in particular are reminiscent in style of Luke Pearson and Ivan Brunetti, but it's his love of jazz that is apparent in much of his work- with the 50/60's era represented by bowler hats and natty suits and men pulling at saxophones, trumpets and trombones a frequent feature in his illustration. It's evidenced in the excellent video below where Cheverton's animated 'jazz factory' pumps and blows in time to Miles Davis' Teo.

You can find more of his work at

Can you introduce yourself a little and tell us a bit about your background?

I grew up in the beautiful yet lethargic city of Bath. I always knew I wanted to be an artist of some description but it wasn't until the end of school that I came across Illustration as it's own subject (through discussions with a teacher I think) and knew that it was what I wanted to do. I did my foundation and then went to Brighton (a far more lively and fun place) to study it which is where I am now, currently in my final year.

You work encompasses a variety of mediums and styles: animation, comics, collage etc. Which do you most like working with?

I honestly can't choose! It really depends on the day and whatever i'm working on as to what I work with. It often plays out that I will choose to do some drawing just to relax and have a break from collage, and visa versa.

What are you currently working on?

I've just written a list of about 30 or so projects and ideas that I want to explore over the next few months, ranging from a zine about Sausages to some sort of a tribute to the late Gerry Anderson.

Favourite comics and what you're currently reading?

My favourite comics are Seth's It's a Good Life if you Dont Weaken (which got me drawing again after two years of collage), Brian Wood's DMZ and anything by Michael DeForge. I've just started Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library (the big red one), which is so far exquisite.

Who/what are your major influences?

I've always been and always will be fascinated with Jazz. It's such a huge source of inspiration to my work, and a lot of my work is about it. The music, the musicians, the styles, the atmosphere, the energy, it's all so good! I'm trying to broaden my tastes these days however and so i've been looking at the world of Steam Trains, a shared love with my Father. Also, I've always loved really naff, cheesy, vintage sci-fi and so I'm going to do something about that soon too (on my list of 30 mentioned above). In terms of people I find inspiring, top of the list are Jonny Hannah and Sara Fanelli. I also love the work of Jim Flora, David Stone Martin, Seth (as mentioned), Luke Best, Jangojim, Chris Harnan, Nick Edwards, Wai Wai Pang......the list could never end.

What would your dream project be?

I think I would love to design and Illustrate a huge album collection for one of the Jazz greats; John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock etc. It would be a massive package with full sleeve art for each album and loads of goodies and extras. Thinking about it.....i might just do that for myself anyway!


Many thanks to Ed for taking the time to answer some questions.

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