illustrating & blogging from: berkshire, UK with ryan humphrey

i can’t remember how i discovered ryan humphrey, but i think it was via twitter. i was instantly drawn to his work, and his very distinct style. i don’t think i’ve ever seen any illustration quite like his, which is a rare thing these days.

he mostly works with pencil, and what i assume is crayons and watercolours. he regularly posts work on his tumblr, which you should definitely have a look at.

want to know more about ryan and his work? read on!

hey ryan! could you please give us a little intro to your work and your blog?
My name is Ryan Humphrey aka withapencilinhand. im a 25 year old freelance illustrator and zine maker!

do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?
This is such a difficult thing to really pin point because my mind changes! i try to enjoy each piece i make, because my ideas tend to be around subjects and concept that happen instantly in my brain. In recent works I would say that my favourite drawing is RiFF RAFF with ReD ROSeS, because he saw it and re-tweeted it and posted on his instagram haha.

do you have anything you’d like to achieve in the future?
I would like to achieve more followers and fans with my work, its kinda like having power, you want more power! of course i would be a good person now a bad guy! but more i do work and see people like it the more i want to keep doing it. Now I am starting to take making zines more seriously and hopefully develop more as a zine maker and do more festivals and stuff, and see what happens. To me I treat drawing and art in general as a new day everyday, so whatever happens in the future i am ready!

if you have one, what is your all time favourite illustration or artwork? why? what does it mean to you?
I don’t really have one ultimate favourite piece of work, but certain ones have inspired me more to push myself with my work. One that stands out to me that i first saw as a teenager was Two Irishmen in W11 (1984-5) by Lucian Freud. When I first saw this painting i was completely amazed at the level of detail not just of the sitters or portraits but of the surroundings as well. The detail of out the window to see flats and roofs made me think that detail and observation was so vital, and even the nude paintings by Freud showed such careful detail and quite abstract poses. there is an unnatural body shape in some of the paintings but that was what Freud saw, and that’s why i make figures of mine look different with their anatomy but the detail fairly spot on.

how do you juggle creating and blogging?
I juggle it by mixing the two! i know how important it is now for an young artist to post work online, just to get content out there for the world to see. i remember being told having a website helps so much and never regretted getting tumblr at all. i try to create work from what i see on tumblr, and what my followers tell me and show me out there because for me as a illustrator i make my work topical in today’s internet society.

do you have any favourite arty blogs you like to read?
this is real tough one and i can’t actually think of 10 from the top of my head, but here’s a selection that i really feel they are good:

But one of my favourites is because i’ve seen such an improvement with colour and line that it’s great to see.

where are your favourite places for art? to see, buy, whatever’s on your mind.
My favourite places to see art is anywhere! thats one of the best things of art it can be seen anywhere and everywhere. it feels a special honour to be a part of a world where you make work thats a part of you that anyone can see and feel a connection to. everything changes in your work because of constant inspiration around you. all places vary like an old museum to on the walls on the back of a sweet shop. i see art all round me and its delicious mmmm.

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