"Garen Ewing has been an illustrator since 2002 and is the award-winning creator of the Adventures of Julius Chancer, as well as the artist for the best-selling game from Osprey, The Lost Expedition. In conjunction with JCDecaux he devised the first public digital comic, Arni's Epic Adventures, which reached an estimated 40-million viewers. He was the principal artist for the popular Curious Expedition 2 computer game, and has created a number of theatre posters licensed for productions internationally, including one that was chosen to become a Royal Mail stamp. His work has included book covers, posters, packaging, board games, computer games, record and beer labels, magazine covers, editorial, and much more."
How I work
For most jobs I will provide a few rough sketches from your brief. The more detailed the brief, the better, but if there is no real concept to begin with, then no problem - my rough sketches will get things started. See the concept art gallery for examples of this stage of the process.
Finished artwork is usually supplied via DropBox, or can be sent through another online file service in a variety of formats, whether for print, screen, or both. The focus of my job is to work with you to supply a finished piece of work you will be totally happy with.
Note: I do not use AI in my work at any stage - concepts, roughs, sketches and finished artwork will always be my own work.
I can work in a variety of styles - some clients use me regularly knowing I can vary the look of a project to suit (eg. Fine Food World, Josef Weinberger), including linework, flat vector-style, woodcut, digital painting, silhouette or photo montage. Others come to me for a particular style (eg. my European ligne-claire look, for The Lost Expedition, or Curious Expedition 2).
Once I've seen the brief I can give you a quote for your project. Aspects that will affect this include how big the project is, both in complexity and duration, how tight the deadline, and what kind of license and usage rights you require. My quote will usually be broken down into three components: concept stage (including rough sketches and revisions), finished artwork, and usage rights.
I am usually available for events, including talks on illustration, making comics, or for workshops on these themes. I have presented for all ages, from nursery children to schools, colleges and for adults. I have been a guest at a number of literary festivals, talking about illustration and stories, including Hay, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Bath, as well as appearing at various comics festivals in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland and France. Please see my events page for more details and booking.
As a child I would spend most of my spare time lying on the floor drawing. I always knew this would be my job when I grew up. While I'm still waiting to grow up properly, I have now been a full-time freelance illustrator and designer since 2002, though previous employments also utilised my drawing, designing and computer abilities.
I live in West Sussex, England, and work from my home studio, where my wife (an editor and writer), two children and cat can keep an eye on me. As well as art and writing, I love a bit of history (family history and the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878-80), music (playing bass) and karate (which I teach).
Association of Illustrators member
Garen Ewing, photo for the Munich Comics Festival
Garen (right) live drawing with Nick Sharratt at the Edinburgh Book Festival