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New shop now open buy art prints & more!

For a while , I have been thinking about creating a shop where you can buy art prints of my paintings, photography & sketches as I have quite a few but they are hidden away in my own collection not seeing the light of day. I didn’t really know how to go about this but I knew there must be some website out there that will offer the ability to create and sell prints to the public.

DeviantArt Print Shop

DeviantArt is a social media platform for visual creatives to display their work & connect with people who like the same things as them. Not only this but they also provide a service for you to be able to sell your works! Fantastic place to start for any new young artist! Whether I will make any sales or not is yet to be seen but it does give a platform in order to do this fairly easily.

Prints Available

Below is the art works that are available for sale in various formats from mugs, coasters, small prints, canvases & photos.

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Soul Tree Enlightenment

artwork by jawilsondesign

Life Drawing

woman drawing

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich cathedralLife Drawing

Life charcoal and chalk drawing

Life Drawing

 Life drawing by JAWilsonDesign

Life Drawing

life drawing

Life Drawing

Life Drawing

Norwich Cathedral

Inside Norwich Cathedral, image by JAWilsonDesign

Norwich Cathedral

norwich cathedral by JAWilsonDesign

More art work will be updated weekly to the shop so please check it our regularly or follow me on twitter to be notified of new works for sale.


Life Drawing Examples & Experience from JA Wilson Design

Drawing someone you have never met

At the age of 20, as many creatives do, I undertook an art foundation BTEC which gave a taste into a fair few of the arts. Graphic design, illustration, 3d design, textile design & fine art where the main subject matters we got a taste of but regardless of the subject a student decided to undertake we were compulsory made to do some life drawing. When I first heard I would be drawing a life model ( or a nude ) whom I had never met it was quite a bizarre thought. Would it be a man, would it be a woman? Would they be old, would they be young? Would they be attractive or not?

life drawing, jawilson, jawilsondesign, jawilson artist

ample buzzoms

The very first life drawing I did was a woman roughly around 30 with ample sized breasts. The first time I saw the woman unrobe I thought this was a bonus of becoming an artist..but then..the more I got into the drawing of her the less it was a naked woman and the more it became just another object to convey artistically on paper.

life drawing, life drawing by jawilsondesign

high praise

My first life drawing I did actually got high praise from my tutors. I had a very difficult angle to draw ( not shown here ) as I was at the head of her so had to draw the perspective in so she didn’t look like she was floating. I was quite happy with what I had achieved with the charcoal and chalk on A0 paper. It was actually a really fun experience.

life drawing, life drawing by jawilsondesign

people have character

The next time I did a life drawing it was a large woman around 70 years old …o_0. Not good! Just as well I started imagining the person as an object rather than a naked person. It wasn’t quite the enjoyable expereince as before but she did have character which is why i suppose they choose an older person for us to draw, plus it doesn’t have any connection to anything else we might be interested in at the age the most of us where.

life drawing by jawilsondesign

various media experimentations

I tried testing different medias and different tools for each time I did a life drawing and the more I did it the more I enhanced my drawing skills and creativity. I do miss life drawing and it has been nearly a full decade since I last did any sort of life drawing which means it is long overdue. These are just a few of the life drawing examples I have done.

life drawing by JAWilsonDesign

life drawing in charcoal and chalk by jawilsondesign

life drawing using long stick and ink by JAWilsonDesign

life drawing in charcoal and chalk by jawilsondesign

life drawing in 60 seconds by jawilsondesign

If you would like to know any more about these pieces of work then please do not hesitate to contact me.

JA Wilson Designer & Artist

Artist : JA Wilson

Location: United Kingdom


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So what is your background?

Education :

As a young person I was always drawing, painting and creating cartoons, designing games and playing video games, a typical 1980s kid! Creative lesson were always my favorite at school ( as well as sport ) and I even won a creative writing trophy when i was 10 for my ability at using my imagination. Pursuing the art foundation and then studying an architectural degree, I dreamed of creating large artistically designed buildings but unfortunately graduated in may 2008 when the recession started.


I have exhibited my work in Knowsley Open Art Exhibition, Liverpool One Shopping District & other areas of Liverpool. This was me starting to take my art work seriously. I also entered paintings into the John Moores Painting Prize, probably one of the most highly sought after prizes by any artist.


What is your favourite medium?

I enjoy working and experimenting with any medium but my favourites are currently acrylic paint, ink,charcoal and chalk as well as Photoshop.

Do you have a common theme to your work?


Architecture & Banking took the biggest hits at first (as usually happens in any economic recession) and so few job opportunities in the industry were available. This was the start of a very difficult and dark time for me in my life. Things went from bad to worse as I attempted tutoring but was unfortunate enough to meet some very nasty people in the industry that were basically bullies, plus the influence of government also made it a very restrictive profession creatively, it was hell on earth to me, another profession i felt i was failing at.


Not only this but my partner at the time was not very supportive towards me and was pressuring me all the time about bringing money into the house. Eventually, 3 years later when i was the lowest i had ever been in my entire life, she left me… on boxing day.


Deep depression & finding path again

As stated earlier combined with the feeling of uselessness, being so far in debt. the pressure of my past partner to find work and the relationship failing, I became very low and didn’t know how to get out of feeling in this very dark abyss.


My paintings depict my experiences of this difficult time, the challenges i still face, dreams i have had, coming out of the depression/suicidal thinking and how being close to death can help you rethink life and to value certain things differently.

What inspires you?

My art work is based on my experiences of life through the ups and downs, the dreams i had and the battle to regain my sanity.

Do any other artists or designers influence how you work, if so who and how?

I like the work of Jackson Pollock due to the emotional connection he seems to have with his work and I am also inspired by Salvador Dali for his surrealist type of painting and the theme of dreams.

Is your work available to purchase?

At the moment it isn’t available to purchase but I hope in the near future to make it available. If you are interested in any of my work, please feel free to contact me.

6 useful websites for freelance designers & artists

As an employed graphic & web designer I am always looking for inspiration and avenues to increase my creative juices and for this reason have collated 6 useful websites for freelance designers. I feel very fortunate to be working with a team of people that are very down to earth and are easy to get along with but for some, especially at the moment, getting that job is a little more difficult with the current economic climate. If this is your case ( or even if you are just after a little bit more work to boost your CV or keep you afloat ) here are a few useful websites for freelance designers that might help you to increase your sales as well as build your brand awareness.

Hexi Design

hexi useful websites for freelance designers

Hexi Design is an online community of talented designers from around the world thriving in one creative hive – Providing small and large businesses with logo, stationery and website design! When I visited this site it seemed that there were not many jobs available, plus, I think as a designer because you have to design something to compete the emphasis is on the client rather than the hard work of the designer so use only if wanting to improve your cv or have a bit of a creative rush.


freelancer useful websites for freelance designers

Freelancer connect over 7,160,499 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through their website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the sciences, sales and marketing, and accounting & legal services. The Problem with this site is that jobs can charge very little in wages ( due to the Indian market being very competitive, but if you are Indian then no problemo! ). Saying that though, just because the currency is a little different over there doesn’t guarantee them the work, lower rates doesn’t always mean better solution to the job. The old saying you get what you pay for is still very true…


hexi useful websites for freelance designers
Finding the right platform to express yourself as a designer and to meet the right people to work with are essential elements of every artist’s success story. Talenthouse is the bridge between emerging talent and established professionals, and helps you get your own projects off the ground. This is not just for artists and designers but all variety’s of arts.
Build a following, find new collaborators and earn amazing rewards by taking part in our life-changing opportunities!


etsy useful websites for freelance designers

Etsy is the marketplace for artists and crafters to sell art works. Its a place where buyers value craftsmanship in all we make. Sometimes its difficult finding the customer basis for your products and setting up your own e-commerce site can be expensive or quite difficult to learn how to do it, Etsy is simply a type of e-commerces site for artists.


linkedin useful websites for freelance designers

A great way to network with people you have worked with, join groups and share your knowledge with people in your industry. A great way to improve your reputation. Not only this but Linkedin will tell you of jobs coming up in your area that are suitable for your skills. You may never need to go the job centre ever again!


learnable a useful websites for freelance designers

Good Designers always advance themselves. Its a never ending quest to learn more, improve skills & keep ahead. When it comes to web and app design new coding languages are always being created. Learnable aims to make learning web design and development easy and fun. They want students to gain practical and usable skills on topics they are passionate about. Or alternatively if you feel you are a guru in an area you can deliver training that you believe in. Helping others is surely the best thing we can do with our time?

If you know of any other useful sites please feel free to share and I will add it to the list.



“Let’s go” – an Acrylic Painting by JA Wilson Designer & Artist

As a child born in the 1980’s i was a keen video game player. One of the computers I played the most was the Amiga 500. I used to spend many hours playing these games, loosing myself in the imaginary world of video game artists. One of the most famous games that I used to play was Lemmings. Lemmings was about helping a group of little green haired. blue gown wearing critters get home without being squished using various means such as building brings, floating to the ground , bashing walls and more little activities. This acrylic painting is based around this game and my philosophy on the journey of life. Continue ““Let’s go” – an Acrylic Painting by JA Wilson Designer & Artist”

“Hold On” : Acrylic on my old secondary school door by JA Wilson

Entered into the John Moores Painting Prize 2012

We all have dreams as a child. We dream of becoming super heroes like Superman, Batman or other characters of fantasy realms. We are told to dream as a child, both from the media on the television to, as we grow older, schools and establishments telling you that you can achieve anything your heart desires and the way to do it is to get a really good education, progress with good grades, go to university, get a degree and that is bound to help you get a better future. Put £20,000 of your future “possible” earnings into an education  ..surely, that would help you get the perfect job…wouldn’t it? Continue ““Hold On” : Acrylic on my old secondary school door by JA Wilson”

Release : Acrylic on Canvas – 2011

Release is a painting I produced in late 2011 that I was inspired to paint after having a vivid dream. In the dream I was somewhere hot, the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky and I remember walking along a street passing by what looked like a type of mall, located close to a beach…the shops were all constructed out of wood and painted white with an open arcade street through the middle of the mall with the sun beating down on a cobbled floor. Continue “Release : Acrylic on Canvas – 2011”

Soul Tree – Enlightenment Conceptual Meaning

One evening when I was fast asleep in bed dreaming whatever it is we creative types dream I disturbed my then, partners sleep by sitting bolt upright in bed and saying “1000 year old tree” and then laying back down in bed again, unaware that I had said anything at all, my partner was obviously quite freaked out ( as you would be ) and made me aware of what I had said in the night to which I just chuckled. I felt I had to find this tree and visit it at some time in the future. Continue “Soul Tree – Enlightenment Conceptual Meaning”

Can everyone paint?

This has been a long debated question, can everyone paint? Art through the centuries has been a very elitist environment and as an amateur artist, a very hard industry to break into as a profession. Becoming a successful artist doesn’t mean you need to be as high quality as Leonardo Da Vinci himself in showing accurate representations of life, but instead it is more important that you are highly linguistic, confident and lastly, a good salesman, able to sell a dead sheep’s crap to the upper class toffs for a few thousand pounds, then you know you are a successful artist. Continue “Can everyone paint?”