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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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