Iain Macarthur

Artist Bio

Born in 1986 in Swindon, England. Became a fanatic of art at the age of eight in which I was introduced to art through watching a lot of cartoon shows and comic books. First ever comic I looked at was the Batman series. Since then I’ve been obsessed with drawing odd fantasy drawings and anime characters.

When I got older I diverted from anime drawings to realistic figures and faces, always striving to make them more detailed and photorealistic. I always do one or two drawings ever since. I also carry a sketch book around all the time on my travels drawing on the bus or in a coffee shop. I enjoy doing it and helps me improve drawing people, which shows how motivated and inspired I am in art.

I’ve looked at a lot of artists and illustrators throughout the years, all with different styles and different medias. My favourite artists that influences me in my work is Alphonse Mucha, Klimt, Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, James Jean, David Choong Lee, Sergio Toppi and Ashley Wood. I also gain knowledge and inspiration through cartoons still as well as lighting, peoples face expressions, eyes, different forms of patterns and shapes.

In 2008, I graduated from Swindon college in HND illustration and hopefully will progress in studying in BA illustration somtime in the future. I have done a few exhibitions this year and last year, such as the Swindon College exhibition for illustration and graphic design students, D/AD new blood exhibition at Earls Court London and a solo internet exhibtion on phoneboothgallery.com.

My work is described as surreal and unique in its own way. Using mostly pencil, watercolors and pigment pens I create portraits of ordinary people but create them in a unusual way by embelishing patterns and watercolour effects into the portrait to give a vivid explosion effect. I make their faces from somthing plain to somthing entirely bizarre and wonderful at the same time.

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37 responses to “Iain Macarthur”

  1. Vnq567 says:

    love your work! …your technique is extraordinary!

  2. this is amazing lik i’ve never considered tattoos, but this would definitelyy be artwork i’d consider putting on my body..

  3. this is amazing lik i’ve never considered tattoos, but this would definitelyy be artwork i’d consider putting on my body..

  4. EIL says:

    Thank you, you may use as long as you link back to this blog 🙂

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  6. Luke Hutton says:

    love you’re work man. wish you tattooed!

  7. Photolink says:

    love these designs

  8. Marissa Lock says:

    I want that peacock as a tattoo! Gorgeous!

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    Hello! I really love the details on your artworks… so beautiful!!! Great job & keep ’em coming~

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    I love EIL’s art, he’s a true artist.

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    Marvelous …

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    Would you ever consider doing art for people? For example, I think i’d like to give your art as a gift!

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    Art , gift of god..Making art is worship for god.
    Great Creative Art….

  24. megan says:

    amazing work, simpy great

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