I am an illustrator based in Edinburgh, specialising in wildlife art and pet portraits. I finished studying illustration in 2019 where I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelors Degree with Honours. I mainly find inspiration from animal facts I learn and try to express them through my work. My technique consists of portraying animal features convincingly, whilst having a specific atmosphere that highlights the animals qualities. I do this with the texture building techniques I have developed over the years, combined with intense detail that together create the desired effect.
Craig McEwan at Bristo Square graduating from University of Edinburgh in 2019.
A look into Craig McEwan's Illustration work space.
Craig McEwan drawing the owl's at Scottish Owl Centre.
Since graduating University, I have focused on marketing my work and finding new outlets for my designs. I have been selling my work with the Scottish Design Exchange since July 2019, which has allowed me to be part of some charity events for YMCA Scotland and Edinburgh’s cat and dog home. I have also created work for the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. I enjoy selling my work at artist markets which gives me the opportunity to meet new clients. This has led to many public and private commissions, including work for cafes and hotels around Edinburgh. I’ve also participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions which has allowed pieces of my work to find a new audience.
A section of some of Craig McEwan's Sketchbooks.
A look into one of Craig McEwan's trips to Mexico where he travelled to the Coba Mayan Ruins in Riveria Maya
Craig McEwan is an archer. Formally part of Edinburgh University Archery Club Performance Sport Team.
As well as drawing whenever I can, my other interests include archery, reading and travelling. I first started barebow archery in University, competing around the UK and became the Scottish outdoor champion in 2017. I read as often as I can which inspires many of my my illustrations. My travels also inspire my work. Learning about different cultures and traditions entices me to create artwork based around these themes. I always take a fresh sketchbook when I travel with the goal being to have it full by the time I come home.
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