Freelancer illustrator, storyboard, comic artist. kidlit artwork
Jowybean
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Jowybean [Joshua Whitehouse] is a 27 year old freelance illustrator, character designer, storyboard and comic artist living in Birmingham, UK.
Joshua first exhibited when he was nine for Disability Art in London. He has also sold work through Number Nine the Gallery in Birmingham. He raised almost £2000 for the Ne… Read More
Jowybean [Joshua Whitehouse] is a 27 year old freelance illustrator, character designer, storyboard and comic artist living in Birmingham, UK.
Joshua first exhibited when he was nine for Disability Art in London. He has also sold work through Number Nine the Gallery in Birmingham. He raised almost £2000 for the New York Firefighters after 9/11 and was the official artist at the opening of Millennium Point. There he was asked to produce an original piece of art for The Queen. A sketch book of his drawings was forwarded by Julie Walters; and he has raised money for the Autistic Society by designing a series of Christmas cards in the past.

He attended Matthew Boulton College and the City of Birmingham University where he studied Illustration and has worked freelance since leaving; some of his most notable work examples are his animatic / story boarding for the Disney and Lego Frozen short Northern Lights , artwork featured in IDW Comics My little Pony Friendship Is Magic series , re-branded ‘Monsters Mayhem’, a kids play centre at Star City, work shown at York’s Café, Birmingham and the RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

Recently he relaunched his business with the Princes Trust as JW Sketches where he has created bespoke fun illustrations selling them at Digbeth Arts Market and even getting endorsed personally by the Prince of Wales himself.
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Josh likes creating art for his favourite cartoons/ anime , talking about his diverse taste in music, and working with clients/friends on new ideas for animated show pitches and web comics ,one he is creating himself called Scales and Jenny.

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Freelance kidlit illustrator/ Character designer /artist
Unique eye for detail and imagination
self motivated
works and communities well within a team
Fast paced /Meets deadlines

Employment History

February 2018 - OwLet Press
Commissioned by an Independent Publisher to create an original fun illustratio… Read More
Freelance kidlit illustrator/ Character designer /artist
Unique eye for detail and imagination
self motivated
works and communities well within a team
Fast paced /Meets deadlines

Employment History

February 2018 - OwLet Press
Commissioned by an Independent Publisher to create an original fun illustration for a children’s book anthology book called “Don’t look in This Book” that was published and sold at world book day in March.

June 2017 - ongoing –Digbeth Arts Market
Through this arts Collective based in Digbeth Birmingham I have live drawn and sold my art at multiple different fairs across the city. Recently I had the opportunity to live draw on glass at the Symphony Hall Inside Out festival.

May 2017 - Project Jack Fruit Branding
I helped to create a striking and unique brand identity for this small vegan food business.
November - December 2016 - Storyboard Artist at Picture This Studios

Through Nice Monster director Steven Spencer, I did some more storyboarding work including the amazing opportunity to work on Disney’s and Legos animated Short film “Frozen Northern Lights”. I worked closely with Steve to achieve the best result for the film that even impressed Pixar Director John Lasseter who approved the project.

October 2015 - Bearwood Art With History exhibition
A collection of the work, I produced for an exhibition about my local area. I took the stories of a local historian and transformed them into lively, fun illustrations that mix history and characters together.

December 2014 - Scampenstein Movie and graphic novel
As head character designer working with the film director, I was successful in securing funding for the movie by creating concept art, designs for all the main characters & promotional material. This film will be going in to production at the end of the year.

January - March 2014 - Illustrator and Designer at Heritage Silverware, Birmingham
I worked independently as an illustrator designing bespoke chintz-inspired art for the plates and cutlery using photoshop and illustrator. I kept to deadlines well and met the briefs given.

September 2013 - January 2014 – Internship as a graphic designer at UK Print & Media, Birmingham
As an Intern working with the director, I was given the brief to put together the entire brand for Monster Mayhem, a children's play centre in Star City. This involved in creating the logo, mascots, and promotional material, this included plush toys. This has resulted in the brand been well established.
Whist there had additional responsibility for checking over the prints and answering the telephone for the firm, The director regularly contacts me for freelance work.

May – June 2013 – internship as a concept and storyboard artist at Second Home Animation Studio Birmingham
Working under the direction of Chris Randall. I was given responsibility to create the storyboard layout and design the characters and settings to be turned into animations. I worked quickly and followed the director’s instructions. My role was to read through the script, give the director a foundation to work from by sketching the storyboard. I would then ask for feedback and adjust my illustrations to fit his criteria.
I supported Chris by aiding him in creating his animations using my concepts. Chris still contacts me to do storyboard commissions when required.

September 2009 - 2012 Volunteer Storyboard Artist for Nice Monster Animation, London and Birmingham
I met the director Steven Spencer through networking. I worked with a team of animators, listening to their ideas and incorporating their vision for the various shorts. I enjoyed the challenging aspect of the project. The outcome of the three years was working with Steven on the ‘first light’ shorts which encouraged young people to go into film-making, my illustrations responded well to the brief and target audience.

November 2010 - November 2011 Volunteer at Ikon Youth Programme, Ikon Gallery Birmingham
Helped launch the ‘Slow Boat Project’ by suggesting ideas, meeting artists and curating an exhibition on the canal boat.

May 2010 – Art curator at Visualize Festival, Birmingham
Used knowledge of the art industry to choose artworks submitted by the public which were suitable and would fit in with the design of the new Midlands Art Centre for an exhibition.

May 2009 - Volunteer with the HI8us Comix Project, Birmingham
Helped create an anthology comic for the International Comic Festival in Spain whilst being mentored by Hunt Emerson and John Mccrea.

May 2008 - Work Experience with Blue Chilli Graphics Studio, Birmingham

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