William Dobbs BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation

William Dobbs

My work embodies the concept of 'genius loci' in that it pays homage and respect to personal memories, moments and places in my life that have resonated with me in an impactful way. I take inspiration from my experiences of adventure, travelling and exploring the world. My work draws on my deep-rooted passion for figurines, collectables and relics and in particular my passion for ancient civilisations, and how drawing and mark making is rooted in different cultures and mythology. In addition, it draws upon my profound love of the wilderness and exploration; resonating with my own experiences.

I am a determined believer in drawing as being the key, underpinning element of any piece of work that I produce. Drawing is the primal means of visual communication which is why I imbue all my work with a focus on drawing.

I am fanatical about printmaking. The apothecary of it, the excitement of it and the feeling of joy it gives me are unparalleled to any other type of image generation. During my MA, my focus on printmaking will become even more specialized, with an intimate study into the techniques and application of traditional print.

My greatest inspiration for my practice comes from the idiosyncratic work of Czech and Polish poster artists of the 1970s which I am avidly passionate about. Their work highlights the efficacy of traditional mark making and printmaking.

My work is incredibly successful in both academic and commercial landscapes; I have sold and exhibited work at the Weavers Factory and the Manchester print fair, alongside cultivating an online presence and have been commissioned for many projects due to the success of my portfolio. These accomplishments prove the relevance and popularity of traditional print and drawing in an otherwise, digitally homogenised field of design. My aim as a practitioner is to bring focus to traditional printmaking and drawing as a key facet of design in a contemporary society where traditional methodologies are overlooked.