A London LUXURY store has hired a Winchester creative to produce the cover for this year’s advent calendar.
Jonathan Chapman, who lives in Martyr Worthy, has ticked a box on his wish-list for illustrators as the artist behind the Liberty of London Christmas advent calendar cover.
The high-end fashion and home goods store contacted the Winchester resident in February to see if he could make his painting from two years earlier more festive. Jonathan’s snowy illustration was made for Liberty’s 2022 Chocolate and Paper Advent Calendar.
The Winchester Magazine cover artist scanned his original painting to digitally adjust it on an iPad using Apple Pencil to add “a sprinkle of snow and more Christmassy details.”
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Jonathan, 38, said: “It’s always a wonderful, proud moment when I see my artwork living in the real world. Illustration is such a varied profession that most people think of children’s books, but there are so many different and surprising projects out there. Collaborating with a brand like Liberty really shows my art at the highest level and I hope this will lead to more projects in the future.
“I’ve been designing Christmas cards for many years now, so I always enjoy a good winter scene. It’s a mysterious, sometimes frustrating part of being a freelancer that some projects take a long time to come to fruition; while other projects just spring wonderfully out of the blue. The weirdest thing about it can be planning so far ahead and working on projects for winter 2023.”
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Originally raised in Lincolnshire, the artist studied at Newcastle University before moving to Winchester in 2008 for a part-time MA at the School of Art. Raising his family in Winchester, Jonathan now works from his garden studio at his home in Martyr Worthy.
Mr Chapman’s paintings have featured on the cover of Winchester Magazine since 2018. His maps, prints and gifts are also available at the Winchester Tourist Information Center on Broadway.
The Liberty London Chocolate Advent Calendar, featuring Jonathan’s design, is available for £23.96 at libertylondon.com/uk/Liberty-Building-Chocolate-Advent-Calendar.
The image alternative is available from libertylondon.com/uk/liberty-building-advent-calendar for £12.95.
For more of the artist’s work see illustrationbyjonathan.co.uk/.