Wil Freeborn is an illustrator and graphic designer 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.
6 Replies to “Wil Freeborn”
What a great sketches. Very alive.
That’s what I’m talking about. Awesome Stuff.
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.
I’m a big fan of Wil’s work- great watercolor sketches!
Beautiful sketches and, you’re right, I really enjoy the composition coming from a design background.
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