Earlier this year I spotted some wonderful artwork on Twitter and was lucky enough to get chatting with the artist behind them, Steve Lilly. As I loved his work and some of it had a Carry On theme, I thought I'd do a little blog about it.
Steve Lilly (Stevelilart) is a portrait artist from Birmingham who specialises in portraits of famous British comedy acts. He has a close working relationship with The Dad's Army Museum (Artist in Residence), Laurel and Hardy Museum, The Homefront Museum and a number of comedy fan clubs including On The Buses (Depot Artist in Residence), Hi-De-Hi!, Carry On and Steptoe and Son supplying them with exclusive commissions, original artwork and a range of merchandise including limited edition prints, collector's cards, mugs and fridge magnets. His work has also been showcased by the Grand Order of Water Rats, Birmingham Comedy Festival and The Heritage Foundation.
Stevelilart is now becoming a very collectable artist with many of his works in private collections. Steve's art has received praise from figures within the comedy and horror industry with work being showcased by numerous groups and fan clubs as far away as New Zealand and America.
Every portrait is created with meticulous attention to detail and is built up over many, many hours by carefully blending layers of finely laid pencil. "I really strive to capture the expressions and mannerisms that are so characteristics of the great comedians I am trying to portray. I'm not just looking for a likeness but an essence unique to each character that will bring them to life on the paper. I think I owe these fantastic actors something for all the fun and laughter they have brought to me over the years".
You can visit Steve's website here
You can also follow Steve on Twitter