Q & A with Colin Brown

Kim Kay

Posted on February 17 2021


Giving up a career in Illustration spanning over 24 years and working with hugely recognisable brands and illustrating a variety of books, Colin is now a full time cityscape artist! We caught up with him to find out a bit more about his new career path...

Describe the average day in the life of Colin Brown.

My average working day would be to start work on a painting at 9am and work through to about 3pm, having a lot of tea brakes as I go.

How would you describe your studio environment? Is your workspace tidy, is there music playing ect…

I work in a small clean and tidy space as I am used to the areas that I used to work in, in the design studios when I started out.

Have you visited all the cities you have painted or are there any you are yet to visit?

I Have visited some of the cities but not anywhere near as much as I would have liked. The place that would be next on my list to see would be New York....I get images from friends who have been.

Is there a particular destination on your bucket list? Or perhaps anything else surprising on your bucket list?

Cities are my favourite places to see, maybe Japan will be an unusual place to go.

Before starting a new piece, do you have an idea of how the finished piece will look or do you simply see where it takes you?

When I start a painting I have a fixed image in my head of the end result and as I put in the loose brush work there is always those happy accidents that pulls it into the direction I want to take it.

What is currently on your easel?

New York, Times Square 

What exciting projects can we expect from you in the future?

I am always moving on and trying different approaches...Looking at doing more paintings of the North and Scotland maybe.


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