My name is Joey Welsh. I am a freelance illustrator and children's author located in Phoenix, AZ. I have been painting digitally since 2005, using Corel Painter and the Wacom tablets. I specialize in whimsical art using a soft, realistic style of rendering. All my illustrations begin as a pencil sketch, I then paint over them using a stroke-by-stroke process, I will build up color and texture through layers of brush work. View a short video on my art process.
My art career began as a typesetter for a reprint company. My job was to set copyright lines for reprinted magazine articles. Although it was a long way from being a illustrator, I learned all there was to know about preparing jobs for press. From there, I grew into becoming a graphic designer for several ad agencies, before ending up as an independent freelance designer.
I always spent my spare time drawing, mostly in colored pencil. In 2001, I had accumulated enough art to participate in a local art festival in Newbury Park, CA. It was a fun but humbling experience as I sold only one piece. I continued doing a few art shows every year, but soon realized colored pencil was not the best medium because each piece took 3-6 months to create. Since I had a digital background, I took a chance on digital art. I bought my first Wacom Intous tablet, Corel Painter software and never looked back. Digital art was a perfect fit for me. It lends itself well to detailed art much like colored pencil, but in half the time.
I feel very blessed to make my living as an artist. From childhood, I have always been inspired by art with a sense of humor. As a kid, I spent my time emulating the works of Richard Scarry, Charles Schulz and Gary Larson. I was fascinated by their ability to pack so much humor into a single panel of art. It is a quality I hope to achieve in my own work. Each of my illustrations might be considered a fine-art cartoon. My intention is to create art that will leave the viewer smiling.
Photographer: Ansyl Welsh
Illustration in Progess: "Gekkards Assemble"