New Empress Illustrators
Amy McKay was born in Amsterdam to a Londoner and a Scot, she grew up in Yorkshire, spent time with an acting troupe in Dundee then studied illustration at Cambridge; she has no distinguishable accent. Amy’s great passions are traditional British illustration, the theatre and 90s newsroom sitcom
Drop the Dead Donkey . Her favourite film, seen at every opportunity on the big screen, is Some Like it Hot , director-wise she’s a Powell and Pressburger girl and her favourite actor is Jonathan Pryce, whether he be on screen or stage.
Jes Hunt can be found hunched over her desk in (mainly) sunny Brighton, furiously scribbling away on reams of paper amidst a sea of sketchbooks. Over a prolonged period, her fingers have adapted to her continuous drawing and have conveniently mutated into pen-like appendages, which she dips into an ink pot on her desk. This may or may not be true. What is true is that her illustration is editorial and narrative in nature and she has produced work for Stranger Magazine, Adrenalin Magazine, Amelia’s Magazine, The Parabola Project, FormFiftyFive, New Empress Magazine and more.
Chay Hawes is a freelance illustrator, focused on illustration for magazines and children’s books. He also creates artwork for computer games, has several years experience in architectural visualisation and is happy to discuss any potential illustration projects.
Chay lives in Chester with his wife, Emma and young son, Darwin. In his spare time he is attempting to watch work his way through the book “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”. At the rate of one a month that gives him another 83 years on the planet.
Barney Ibbotson is an illustrator and graphic designer from Manchester. He loves intense details and intricate line patterns, bright colours and bold shapes and his main focus has always been combining these elements to create something quirky, intriguing and entertaining. He is inspired by Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Sci-fi art, architecture, Post-Impressionism, 20th Century poster art, minimalism, 1950-70s animation, architecture, doodle art, the list goes on… Barney’s beautifully intricate artwork inspired by Black Swan has been used to create posters for all our subscribers!
Chantal El-Bikai, most commonly referred to as CaptainChants, is an illustrator and character designer, who is heavily influenced by animation of the “Golden Age”, and regularly partakes in the viewings of cartoons and animated films – for research purposes, of course!
When she is not working, or researching, the Captain likes to roam the high seas with her dastardly friends, take photos, bake, take photos of her baked goodies, and read. She also loves what she does, and is an avid fan of tea.
Hazimi Khalil a portrait artist from Malaysia. Drawing people and places in pencils is his work and pleasure. He normally uses photographs as a source of reference and and a range of graphite pencils. He first discovered that he could draw portraits at the age of 13 years old and although he received encouragement from teachers at school, he is primarily self-taught.
What drives Hazimi to draw is the simple fact that he enjoys it and the response he gets from those that he have drawn for. These include complimentary remarks from such diverse personalities such as US entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond, UK film actor Paul Freeman, UK playwright David Hare and Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He is also a private teacher offering drawing classes to people of all abilities.
His recent work includes a commission from The American International University in London. Hazimi’s drawings can be viewed on his website .
Stanley Chow crafts beautifully quirky illustration creations. Visit his website here: http://www.stanleychow.co.uk
Alfie Gallagher is an illustrator/designer living in London. Having grown up in Co, Donegal, Ireland, he studied at University of Ulster Art College, Belfast where he specialised in Illustration for his BA Hon degree. Having worked in Belfast as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator, he moved to London where he has worked as a book cover designer and has created illustrative work for clients such as Orange, Popular Mechanics, YCN and Merlin Entertainments. He is deeply influenced by old school sleeve design, comic art, classic illustration, movies of the seventies and three minute pop wonders.