Perthshire People: Dylan Gibson – Freelance Illustrator

May 3, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Pitlochry based Illustrator Dylan Gibson was featured in one of Perthshire Creates first website posts  just over a year ago, providing an insight as to how Dylan developed his career in art, supported by the encouragement he received throughout his education.  His illustrations have featured across the world from Italy, New York and of course Pitlochry.

His strong belief in the importance of Art & Design being given equal importance within schools remains and his professional experience and working practice is an inspiration for young artists choosing to pursue a creative career. Dylan’s newly upgraded website even has information under the FAQ’s  with some initial advice for students.

He’s recently developed his new website to showcase his work in a brand new light.  The online gallery space has been re-plastered and given a new lick of paint, he’s dusted off many of his illustrations and hung them up ready for viewing!

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Shop front promotional artwork for The Scottish Deli, Pitlochry

Dylan’s portfolio is split into three sections, galleries for Advertising and Editorial illustrations, this shows work done for posters, maps and artwork for magazines and newspapers.  It includes work for small businesses based in Perthshire and further afield, including shop front illustrations for promotions.

The Children’s books gallery has all his recent and best work from children’s picture book publications and there is a great range of illustrations to be seen, from Aesop’s The Fox and the Grapes and Whiskers and the Pieces of Eight for a Scottish based small publisher.

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From The White Arrow Assassin by Tim Flanagan, available in print and on Kindle

The Illustrated books gallery has work from children’s book illustrations for a slightly older age group and includes comic work and illustrated artwork for reluctant readers.

Describing his working practice, Dylan says:

‘All my work starts off as sketch based on what the client wants infused with my own ideas and talents, illustrations are developed with feedback and finished artwork handed over on deadline to the client’s specifications.  My work is all hand drawn, pencils pens and ink used to create a nice dynamic line, artwork is finished off with colour on Photoshop or as a vectored art in Illustrator.’

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Etape Illustration

Dylan also enjoys promoting local creative opportunities and in celebration of the annual Etape Caledonia cycling event (8.5.16), he has teamed up with Cafe Calluna in Pitlochry to run an art club (3rd/4th/6th May) for anyone over the age of 6 to pop along and learn how to draw with cycling themes.

. Dylan Gibson Art Workshops - Art Etape

If you have an idea for a promotion that needs illustrating, a story that needs artwork, editorial illustration, character design, map, storyboarding or something else, Dylan would be delighted to talk it through.

You can keep up to date with his illustrations on Twitter @Dylanillo, and see more by visiting his new website

Top image: Airport Crowd – Editorial Illustration for Travel Opinion piece