Graduate JAMES OSES was recently interviewed by HAHNEMUELE PAPER about his practice and the tools he uses to create his work. Founded back in 1584, Hahnemuele is a state of the art paper manufacturers who produce traditional artist papers, FineArt inkjet papers and speciality papers for industry and filtration.
James Oses is a freelance illustrator based in South London, where he constantly finds new exciting places to paint. Recently he has started to experiment with more art materials which has helped him see places from a different perspective. His latest work is a collage of the Battersea Power Station in London done on Hahnemühle Harmony Watercolour paper.
How did you start making art?
I studied illustration at Middlesex University and this was where I really got into sketching on location. We would do trips to various places and museums and this was how I developed an interest in drawing and painting in different environments.
What inspires you?
For personal work my local area and London as a whole plays a big role in what I like to draw. I like street scenes a lot, but I’m also interested in painting natural landscapes. I’ve started experimenting with different materials like collage recently as well which helps to see things in new ways.
What is your most important artist tool?
I have a small palette of Winsor & Newton watercolours which I’ve handpicked and changed around – about 20 squeezed into a travel box. I like this size as its good for holding for hours on end! I’d be pretty lost without these I think.
What advice would you give to other artists?
If you haven’t tried, have a go at working outdoors. It can be a really rewarding experience and you often meet interesting people, and sometimes future clients. Business cards are handy. Also, be nice to people.
You can read the interview in full HERE
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