In such a technologically advanced world, so many of the natural beauties of earth often go overlooked. We use our phones primarily as our alarms to wake us up in the morning, then proceed to scroll our social media timelines before eating breakfast. While we’re at work and at school we get our news and latest gossip on our tablets and iPads, play video games with friends that are sometimes in other states, and finally catch an Uber to and from the bar and of course snap a few selfies and usies along the way. Then, of course, there are those who take photos of their food before eating throughout the day, and then the empty plates after they’re done. Some hypocrite I am as I type this story on an iPad, a week removed from sending my aunt a before and after picture of my plate from the 4th of July holiday. My point is, rarely do we stop to bask in the beauty of the moment, we’re almost always too busy trying to capture the moments opposed to just enjoying them. Very few of us appreciate nature the way we should, and it’s almost no fault of our own. English artist and illustrator Adam Batchelor grew up a tad bit differently.
Batchelor wasn’t accustomed to growing up with every video game system at his fingertips. That’s not to say that he grew up in an Amish household, but had other things that grasped his attention, like nature and farming. His connection and love of the farm, animals, and other elements of nature are evident throughout his drawings and illustrations. If growing up differently did nothing else for Batchelor, it helped him develop one of our generation’s most vivid imaginations. “I grew up in the countryside in Suffolk, UK (the bumpy bit on the east side of England,)” Batchelor tells web based magazine, Explore Create Repeat.
Batchelor said in a separate interview on La Maison Wertn’s website, “When I was a little kid, I would want to play with the cardboard box more than the thing that came in the box.” He continued, “To me the box could be anything, whereas the toy couldn’t. I think a weird imagination is the best influence I still have.” Batchelor doesn’t hesitate to combine his perception of nature with the way of the world. He has very many drawings and illustrations, and the more you see the more in depth the images become. Turning a blank piece of paper into a creative interpretation of the world as we see it and the world through the artist’s eyes is no easy task. Luckily that “weird” imagination keeps him on his A game.
The 27 year old Batchelor is still rather new to the scene, but his career is coming along quite well. In fact, it wasn’t until college that he got into doing illustrations. The tutors initially swayed him into illustrating, encouraging him to further explore it. As a lover of stories and storytelling, it was a natural transition.
Aside from his efforts in art and illustration, Batchelor loves to travel. Having recently gone to Norway, he says he learned a lot about ecology and sustainability. He plans to continue to travel, which is another great tool for inspiration. There’s so much for someone like him to draw motivation from, traveling helps feed that creativity.
Batchelor has a few major projects already under his belt. On his self titled website, adambatchelor.co.uk, he talks about how he’s also available for private commissions as well as for design and illustration work. He went on to mention some of his recent clients include XL Records, The Wellcome Trust, Fool Magazine, Suhrkamp, Beautiful Decay, Christian Aid & Adbusters. The self-taught illustrator creates realistic imagery using only mechanical pencils and colored pencils. Simplistic, yet intricate detail in his drawings and illustrations have helped him to become one of the more popular rising stars in the art world.
While old school in so many ways, Batchelor has adapted in some ways, and found some great benefits of the new waves of technology. He sells a lot of his work via email, which he feels gives him a personal relationship with the buyers. He also does some promotion of his work on social media, particularly with Twitter and Instagram. However he doesn’t feel the need to overdo it. Although people from all across the world are already familiar with his catalog, he told Explore Create Repeat, “I want to get more people to see my work, but I don’t want to oversaturate people with my images.”
Growing up the son of a farmer, it’s no surprise that he now lives countryside. While more than half of the world has moved away from that lifestyle, Batchelor is extremely comfortable there. Where he can get back to his roots a bit, and continue to find ways to do what he calls said on his website, “illustrate the imbalance that we have incurred between the natural world and ourselves.”
– Blake Holmes