Simon Spilsbury is primarily an exponent of line. He draws all the time, finding absurdity in the minutiae of life. His commissioners have described his line as spontaneous, energetic, quirky, inherently humorous, adaptable and elegant. One enthusiastic Art Director in the USA said “Spilsbury’s drawings always jump off the page and bite me on the ass.”
A background in advertising helped him with the art of quick idea generation and Spilsbury is fluent in all media requirements whether national press, glossy magazine features or a multi-media ad campaign. Over the past 16 years his work has graced many ad campaigns, TV programmes/idents and column inches worldwide. Clients include Nike, Virgin, DHL, Cobra Beer, The London Election, Martell, Waterstones, Luerzers Archive, Paramount Comedy Channel, The Sunday Times, The Guardian to name a few. He had a two-year column [2007/08] in The Independent with the comedian Dom Joly and regularly writes for The Sunday Times.
His work has won numerous awards, including British Illustration Gold, D&AD Silver, Campaign Poster Silver, Epica Bronze, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, American Illustration and featured in Luerzers 200 Best Illustrators, Illustration Now and most recently The Hidden Art Of Illustrators, Creatives & Designers.
Spilsbury recently set up The Creative Federation with Mark Humphries and Simon Deshon, an ideas and production agency based in UK.