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Nov 22

The Talent Jim Mitchell biography

At Advocate Art illustration agency we are very excited to announce another one of our featured illustrators, Jim Mitchell. Jim works very traditionally creating beautiful images for greeting cards and art licensing. His subject mater is extremely varied, from people to cityscapes, countryside themes to sport, christmas imagery to animals and military figures and war scenes including the iconic Spitfire amongst others. As it is nearly christmas we have selected a range of his beautiful christmas cards to showcase! If you want to know more about Jim you can read his biography below.

“My early years were spent in Stoke on Trent, son of a ceramic pattern and transfer maker, and nephew of a famous aeroplane designer. So, it wasn’t surprising that I went to Art College, gaining my degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, discovering all the materials and methods that were available , investigating how they worked and how other illustrators used them.

My first commercial work involved producing military illustrations for units of the British Army stationed  in Germany, soon followed by a long relationship with aviation art and illustration, including book covers and other work for Arms and Armour Press, Sidgwick and Jackson, and Orion Books.

An  interest in style and media techniques has led me to develop skills in oils, acrylics, gouache and watercolour – I was fortunate enough to produce early commissioned illustrations for such widely differing clients as the Licensed Victuallers Association, Trend Paints and Waddington’s jigsaws. Among other types of work at this stage, I was producing impressions of proposed developments for architectural companies.

Next came working as a freelance for Mirage Fine Art, producing historical event  aviation prints, and then curiously my family background of ceramic transfer manufacture was echoed in my being offered the opportunity to paint commissioned images for the Past Times company, subjects such as sports, trains, cars, animals, historical events and famous people. These were used on such items as mugs and teapots. My aviation designs were used on collectors plates by clients such as Royal Doulton, Coalport China, and I produced the artwork for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain plate , sold jointly by the RAF Museum and the Sunday Express. More recent work has included large amounts of Greeting cards featuring children, atmospheric landscape, architecture and aerial views, Book illustration (including work for the children’s market) children, adults and military, Illustrations for product labels, Commissioned Jig-saw designs, subjects including nostalgia, people, vintage transport and settings and Calendars.”

To see more of Jim’s work on the Advocate website click here.