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© 2007 - 2018. Artwork by Carl Harris

I’m an artist and illustrator living and working in Ipswich, Suffolk. I graduated from Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1994 with a Degree in Illustration. I specialise mainly in mark-making. Pencil on paper, acrylic on wood and linocut prints; the drawn image – expressed by a mark, smudge, messy mistake or just a pure pencil line – excites me. I’m fascinated by visual storytelling, drawing a narrative, venturing into fairy tale, make-believe, the unknown and just simple day-dreaming.

Over the last 13 years I’ve been creating a visual storyline around Catboy: the boy with the cat shadow. It was inspired initially by my mischievous cat Harrison and my playful nephew Austin. My own childhood has also provided a more general theme to my work. I was a cheeky young boy, who dreamt of being an astronaut and building his own robot. I liked to go for adventures on long summer days, climb trees, skim stones and cycle fast down country lanes. I want to portray this sense of youth, adventure and discovery in my work.