Painter & Illustrator Lewis Loughman

Manchester-based painter and illustrator Lewis Loughman is next up on Business Boom this afternoon. Here, Lewis takes us through his inspirations and creative background and we take a look at some of his intriguing artwork.

“Pretty much spent my entire childhood doodling, reading comic books and playing Super Mario and Sonic. Since then not much has really changed! I am totally fascinated by the idea of art as this universal language that has the potential to be understood by anybody.

I work in a variety of different media, paint, pen and ink or digital, I think it’s important to be flexible with stuff like that. Though I do usually find myself working with large paint markers like Posca pens quite a lot. I tend to work quick and spontaneous I’m always sketching something, and I’m never without a pen. I find I get the most pleasure out of drawing on to actual objects, I love my sketchbook but nothing beats drawing onto a wall, a bit of wood,old toys or even dinner plates! I think it harks back to my 15 year old self who was always sat in class scratching something crude into my desk in high school.”

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“I suppose my work is best described as cartoony, I love working with tonnes of colour, lots of patterns and spend 90 % of my time drawing crazy little characters – most of which I have names for.

As for inspiration, I’m pretty easily inspired so I could list hundreds of things but mainly; books (old and new) friends and random strangers. Most of my work is usually inspired by snippets of conversations I hear in coffee shops, like the weird things people say. People are weird.”

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“Some artists I admire include Jon Burgerman, Keith Haring, Mike Perry, Johnny Ryan, Ron Rege Jr, James Victore. Locally my biggest influences have come from Savwo and the guys at DR.ME I got the opportunity to be a part of their Editions project at the start of the year and those dudes just opened my eyes to a lot of things I never even knew about the design world, huge thanks to them. My aspirations/expectations for the future are to keep doing what I love, keep drawing, keep painting. Oh and to move to New York, that’d be cool.”

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See more from Lewis on his website at www.lewisloughman.com and follow on Twitter @TheLoughman.

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