Chris Fothergill

An introduction to my work

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For more than twenty years I have been producing watercolour artist impressions for architects, property developers and estate agents. During many of the early years I was still running a Gallery business in the Cotswolds but since 2010 I have devoted myself to the drawing board full-time.

I operate from a home studio in Great Malvern as an artist and architectural illustrator. Mostly I work in traditional pencil and watercolour producing artist impressions, coloured elevations, aerial views of residential developments and site maps. These are used to support planning applications as well as for marketing purposes.

In these days where computer generated imagery (CGI) dominates the internet the hand-drawn image finds its own niche. There is a softness about the effect of watercolour that can perhaps convey the idea of a building within a natural setting more effectively than the use of hyper-realistic hard edged CGI. And yet once scanned in the watercolour can be digitally manipulated later if necessary.

House portraits are a popular aspect of my work and I usually have one on the go. People phone or email me to have a house painted for all sorts of reasons, anniversaries, 60th or 70th birthday presents, ‘thank you’ gifts for weddings, or sometimes just because they love their house and may be moving! These are done from photos and the results can be seen on my portfolio.

Modern technology means that I rarely have to make site visits, either for artist impressions or house portraits. With the use of a high quality scanner, laptop, printer and large screens, my work can be done from my drawing board at home. This means I can work effectively to short deadlines which is often necessary when my clients have very good ideas at the last minute!

Of course being an artist means that I also draw and paint for my own pleasure when I have the time. I am an inveterate sketcher and have posted some of my sketchbook pages on the website blog. There is a ‘Gallery’ page too showcasing some of the watercolour paintings from my past travels. I don’t generally sell work from the website (apart from a few prints) but occasionally I have exhibitions and notifications will appear on the site as they approach.

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You can email me at chris@chrisfothergill.co.uk, phone me on 07899 782845 or 01684 563754, or use the form below to get in contact.

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