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about John Holcroft & coherence

Someone says coherence is no longer a suitable word to this world, and maybe it’s never been, because of the moving and the natural evolution of things. Someone else that when you have it, your life can be so much better than when you don’t. Anyway, it would seem that criticising, making fun, or complaining, about a system to which one belongs often also with a certain pride, is accettable behavior — and of course a hard work too.

So, if you’re a person who readily stages its disappointment over things as the mechanisms of society, but you’re also very proud of your social achievements, and sometimes you find yourself raising your head or thumbing your nose at someone so sadly out of the game, you don’t need any kind of guilt. Cause, you know, you’re right.

Especially when you’re an artist.

London Underground in rush hour

John Holcroft is an illustrator from Sheffield, UK:

I grew up in Lancashire and when I was 9 my family moved to Yorkshire where I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting and making stuff from what ever I could find.
During my collage years I became a fan of artists like David Cutter, Ian Pollock and Edward Hopper. I left with an HND in Graphic design and was proud of my achievements only to end up in the 90s recessional jobless queue.

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Spending the next 4 years working in temporary design jobs, I practiced my illustration work in my spare time.
In 1996 I took the plunge and started freelance in illustration. For the first 5 years I painted all my work on canvass paper and as you can imagine, this was rather time consuming. It was in 2001 that I started to familiarise myself with technology and start executing my artwork using a Wacom tablet and Corel Painter. Since then I have reinvented my style about 5 or 6 times.

About modern slavery and how we all have slaves but don't know it

It was in 2009 that I decided to create a sustainable style with a little more longevity.
I had a back operation and was off work for some time giving me the opportunity to experiment on my new style. People often ask me how I create the look of my work with it’s “bad print” effect. I tell them “bit of jiggery pockery with photoshop”.

My past clients include: BBC, TUC, Reader’s Digest, Financial Times, Walker books,
The Guardian, The Economist, Haymarket, conde nast, TES, Experian, Informa and many more.

About being locked into a contract

www.johnholcroft.com

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