Artist Showcase: Chris Padgham

In this artist showcase, Chris Padgham shares some of his amazing cartoon animal characters, and tells us about his ultimate dream of becoming a famous cartoon artist, working for Disney or Dreamworks Animation.


Jim and Ruby the Koalas

When did your interest in art/creating begin?

I got interested in art when I was 13. I did art at school but I was not sure at the time if that was what I wanted to do after I left school. I went to college and did 2 years of Art & Design Levels 1 & 2 where I got Distinction. I knew I had the ideas and imagination to create something different and that is where it began.


Wally the Walrus

What is your starting point for each piece?

I normally draw out sketches and come up with ideas but sometimes when I put my mind to it I get straight on with my drawings. I can normally picture in my head what the characters are going to act and look like even before I start drawing them which I think is unique to me.


Pablo the Zebra

Who/what influences your work?

I have always loved Walt Disney & Dreamworks Animation. Their films influence how I would like to draw. The characters they create are amazing. I get my inspiration from them. I do my work in my own style but they will always be inspiring to me and I will want to show that in all my work.


Rex the Rhino

What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?

I want viewers to look at my work and say that it is unique, different, imaginative and that they can relate to the characters I draw. I always try and ask other artists what they think of my work and I love that I get different answers because I use their answers and create other characters to keep developing myself as an artist.


Damien the Wolf

What do you think about the term outsider art? Is there a term that you think works better?

I think the term outsider art is OK. For me it represents art that is like graffiti, or it’s made by artists who draw and paint outside the box which I really like. I don’t think there are many other terms that are better but I have always wanted to explore different types of art so that I can keep my work up to date.


Dirk the Panda

What are you working on at the moment?

At this current moment in time I am doing a project called Movie Ideas where I write out plots for movies I dream of being created. I am also working on a project where I am creating my own theme park. I have made my own themed rides and designs. I am also focusing on different projects here and there and making my work as unique as possible.


Sebastian the Sealion

Where do you see your work taking you in the future?

In the Future I would love to work for Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, or Dreamworks Animation. I would focus on the drawing and writing side. I think I would be different; unique, and that I would bring something new to these companies. My biggest dream is getting my work recognised round the world. I am a very determined and ambitious person. I will not stop until I achieve my dream of becoming a famous cartoon artist.

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