Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wil Freeborn

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:40 pm

Wil Freeborn
Wil Freeborn is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Though his professional portfolio focuses on his (quite nice) graphic design rather than illustration, his blog features a number of wonderful sketches.

These are of a variety of subjects — cafe and store interiors, schoolrooms, townscapes, landscapes and a particularly nice series of people working on a steam locomotive (also here). There are also life drawings and pantings and a few other projects mixed in.

Most of his sketches appear to be in pencil and watercolor in the pages of Moleskine sketchbooks. They combine the informal, loose qualities of travel sketches with clear observation and occasionally more elaborate rendering in watercolor.

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  1. Comment by Paula
    Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 2:53 am

    What a great sketches. Very alive.

  2. Comment by John Stone
    Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    That’s what I’m talking about. Awesome Stuff.

  3. Comment by william kim
    Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    nice sketches.

  4. Comment by David Teter
    Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    Yes, the informal quality of his moleskin sketches and watercolors are very good, and of course have a strong sense of design and composition. It is always great to see ‘other’ professions, in this case a graphic designer, successfully tackle the illustration themselves, especially in a traditional medium instead of digital. I enjoyed looking through his professional work too.

  5. Comment by Rob Carey
    Friday, December 31, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    I’m a big fan of Wil’s work- great watercolor sketches!

  6. Comment by Zoran
    Sunday, January 2, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    Beautiful sketches and, you’re right, I really enjoy the composition coming from a design background.

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