My first art installations were in my parent’s house, using the medium of crayon and wallpaper. Entitled “Scribbly-wibbly-wall-wall” and “Scribbly-wibbly-wall-wall in Blue No.2”, they were always intended to be short-lived pieces in order to represent the fleet… Read More
My name is Barry and I am an illustrator.
My first art installations were in my parent’s house, using the medium of crayon and wallpaper. Entitled “Scribbly-wibbly-wall-wall” and “Scribbly-wibbly-wall-wall in Blue No.2”, they were always intended to be short-lived pieces in order to represent the fleeting nature of life. After this brief dalliance with modern installation art I moved to more traditional methods such as drawing “big house” and “tree” on paper. I added in robots wherever possible, and the occasional duck for variety.
I dropped art at GCSE as they insisted I draw ‘real things’ like fruit and vases rather than robot tortoises and cavemen. I spent much of high school funding my tuck shop habit by selling people drawings of goldfish or their name in bubble writing in exchange for sweets or cash. The cash was mainly to buy more sweets.
At college I continued in my quest for weirdness by naming all of the pickled creatures in the biology lab, and creating back stories and careers for them. The most popular was Dave, a salamander, who sold magazines and spoke 17 languages. As far as I know Dave now lives in Australia.
I also dedicated an inordinate amount of time to drawing a series of devices to stop the class know-all from answering all the questions. Well, the jokes on him with all his knowledge and qualifications…
After college I got a ‘proper’ job and focussed on that for a while. Whilst on a lunch time meander, I found an art shop and was somehow drawn into it. I think it may have been the Force. I bought some bits and started drawing again. My style evolved and changed as I started to get into street art. I spent a good few years doing sticker art under the pseudonym “Llamaphish” (I wanted a unique name and found llamas and fish amusing). I went through sketchbook after sketchbook, refining characters, designing fantastic machines, and making odd cartoons about God, goldfish, and giant robots.
After a few years messing around I decided to start sharing my stuff, and occasionally selling it (mainly to buy sweets) and started to craft backstories to some of the recurring miscreants. I’ve designed several not-really-real Made Up Football League teams, a few nonsensical creatures, and some other bits and pieces as well.
I am currently 60% through my first children’s picture book. Once I’ve finished that I intend to write one of my own… In real life, I am about 60% through illustrating my first picture book, with ideas and sketches for at least another 3 already set out.
To fund my ever growing need for illustration related stuff, like books, supplies, and equipment, I sell designs and nonsense via Threadless, Society6, and Redbubble. Feel free to contribute to my gadget fund… Read Less