Nick Tankard is an Illustrator working from his studio in the world heritage village of Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
His illustrations are produced using a cross-hatch technique with a black fine line pen. Layer upon layer of small ink lines are built up to form structure and shape, whilst other areas are left untouched in order to hint at a flickering light or billowing clouds. It’s a very time consuming process. He cross-hatches in one direction, then turns the image around and adds another layer to create shade and depth, whilst also leaving elements untouched to hint at light and space. The image may turn ten to twenty times until it’s finished.
Nick studied art and Illustration at Bradford College from 1991 – 94.
He then continued his graphic design studies to HND at Cleveland College of Art & Design.
Nick has illustrated several children’s books producing full-page interior illustrations in his pen & ink cross-hatch style:
‘Dragon Shield’ (Trilogy) by Charlie Fletcher, published by Hodder Children’s Books
‘Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov’ by John Matthews, published by Templar Publishing
‘Shoot to Kill – Young Bond’ by Steve Cole, Endpaper artwork, published by Doubleday
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