Originally England, Leonard Beard now works from a studio in a tiny village in Northeast Spain. With a unique blend of British irony and Mediterranean spirit, Beard’s personal style has matured after years of honing his craft. His editorial illustration is sought after for its strong graphic elements, three-dimensionality, and the powerful messages it conveys. His work is featured in newspapers and magazines across the globe.
Guardian Weekend Magazine, Financial Times (Barrons) Vanity Fair Italy, The Wall Street Journal, The Commercial Observer, El Periódico de Catalunya, Dominical, Courrier International, Dallas magazine, Atlanta magazine, Northeastern Lawyers magazine, PME magazine, Arnold, IESEinsight magazine, Quaderns Crema, Acantilado, Sembra Libres, Ara Llibres, Blackie Books, Editorial Cruïlla, LibrooksRead more
Editorial, Opinion articles mainly for Newspapers, Websites, Book publishing, institutional organisationsRead more
- SND Award of Excellence years 1995 and 1996
Daily Newspaper opinion illustration collaboration for more than 15 years.Read more
How do you define your identity? Do you identify with (or advocate for) any marginalized communities?
Citizen of the world sensitive to all mankind condition
Where is home?
Where I can cook
Describe your illustration style in one sentence
Conceptual, Oneiric, realistic, evocative, ironic
What lights your soul on fire?
Any kind of passion
What themes do you enjoy exploring in your illustrations?
The ones that take you to unknown territories
What techniques do you use?
From pencil/pen on paper to collage, watercolour and mainly digital procedures.
How much of yourself and your own story can we see in your work?
It would be more like a voice, using your own voice to express ideas
Is there an unmistakable thread in your creative work?
I’d like to think is at subtile sense of humour
What do you want to be known for?
Which projects excite you most?
What is your dream gig?
Where, when and how do you best create?
At all times, anywhere. Nevertheless preferably at my studio
How has your style evolved since you started?
Perhaps in a wiser way of expressing ideas.
What do you find most challenging in your practice or in the illustration industry?
Being able to discard all the accessory
How as being an illustrator changed your life?
Rather, some living experiences makes my illustrations change
Name a tool you can’t live without!
Cork wine opener?
Tell us about a project you worked on that was meaningful to you as an artist.
Is to come
What influences or inspires your art?
What would you tell your younger self?
‘Anyway, we still carry on’
Why do you think art speaks louder than words?
Allows you to convey ideas in a glance
Illustrating the future
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