Sam Bevington graduated from the University of the West of England Bristol in 2009 in Illustration. Ever since he has been working freelance on numerous projects for a broad range of clients, mainly in the fields of Illustration and Motion Graphics. His project “Home Truth” was an exhibition of prints he had in Spring 2010. The show was inspired by the many sayings and idioms that make up a great deal on spoken English. “I liked the way the meaning of these sayings can be interpreted totally differently depending on both who says them and the context in which they are said”, Bevington explains. Find more of his works on www.thebevlak.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A skinny young man.
Whom do you look up to?
Lots of people, way too many to list. At the moment I’ve been following:
Margaret Kilgallen (sadly not with us anymore) has been someone whose work I’ve always looked up to. So beautiful and unpretentious. Chi Birmingham, whose editorial stuff is just amazing. My girlfriend, Ashley Le Quere is a very talented pattern designer, whose work is really worth checking out, and also Jean Jullien, whose work is so simple and so clever.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
My dad and mum for always having confidence in me and not trying to discourage me from taking on design as a career. Also my 11th year graphics tutor at secondary school, Mr Crompton, for being one of the only teachers at school to see drawing and design as a legitimate pursuit.
How did your art career start?
My dad was an industrial designer and my mum was always making things at home – (she made this Pysanka, a Ukrainian easter egg coloured with dye and wax) – so drawing was always encouraged at home. I guess that’s where it started. As far as wanting to become an artist, I don’t think I’ve ever really seriously considered doing anything else – there was no “plan B”, haha.
What was your favourite project and why?
Probably this piece I did for the guardian – the art director was a dream, really nice to work with and he just kind of let me roll with it – it’s nice when an illustrator and an art director understand each other and can work together on something that makes the most of the brief and the artist.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
Probably just paying the bills when I was starting out, it’s really tough trying to get your career moving as a freelance illustrator. It’s a really rewarding job, but when you’re starting out there’s no regularity of work and it can be very stressful!
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
How do you define creativity?
Anything that tackles a problem in a unique way while taking pride in the execution.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Perseverance and determination are ultimately the only things that matter, just keep pushing and working and you’ll get there. Don’t take no for an answer!
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Use your time at University to experiment as much as you can – you’ve got so much time and facilities to use while you’re there, take advantage of it! Also, save enough money to pay your taxes!!
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for art?
A spaceship maybe? Actually probably not, I don’t know what I’d do with myself! I also do a bit of animation – check out the gifs attached and my reel here.
All images © Sam Bevington