David Litchfield is an illustrator from Bedford, recently he designed our ‘Upon This Rock’ poster for our Lantern Parade, a beautiful design that got the city talking. We had the pleasure of having David talk to us at our Future Networks event about his practice, his fascinating story of how he became an illustrator and his ‘A Drawing A Day’ project.
“There seems to be a notion (at least) of a cutoff point in life, whereas if you haven’t found out what you want to be doing, or who you are, than it’s too late and you’re too old to try and define yourself…which is nonsense, obviously. But nonetheless, it was a notion that was with me, and I really started to panic … that I wouldn’t figure out what it was I wanted to do for the next 75 years, or whatever I had got left… But then it did suddenly hit me that maybe I could be an illustrator. And when I said that, when I said, ‘I am an illustrator,’ it seemed to fit. So I set myself a challenge. I would draw a drawing a day, every day, for a year. I woke up an hour early and just drew — while I was still waking up… People asked me during the project, ‘How do you find the time to do this?’ … ‘How do you find the time to do what you love?’ … And these are usually the same people that tell me that they’ve just watched a box set of Lost over an evening or they’ve watched some videos of cats playing pianos on YouTube for five hours a night. You find time. If you’re passionate about something and if you’ve got a goal then you find time — and in many cases you have to almost kind of create time.” David Litchfield
Have a look at David’s website to find out more and to follow him on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblier. www.davidlitchfieldillustration.com