Art and Graphic Design by Kreative Bomb’s Jonathan Robertson
We kick off this week’s action by showcasing self-employed graphic artist and owner of Kreative Bomb - Jonathan Robertson. Based in Todmorden, Lancashire, Jonathan specialises in company branding, logo design, corporate literature (stationery, brochure, reports, leaflets etc), illustration and 3d visualising. Here’s more from the man himself and a few brilliant examples from his extensive portfolio:
“I originally wanted to be a comic book artist but it was while doing a art foundation course at Rochdale College of Art & Design, I discovered that graphic design was to be my true vocation. As it has turned out, my interest in comic books has heavily influenced my graphic style. It is safe to say my work has a very bright, in-your-face, graphical look.
Initially, after leaving college in 1992, I struggled to find a job in a design studio so ended up working as a textile/wall-coverings colour separation artist in Burnley. It was while I was there that I bought my first colour Mac and taught myself how to use all the major software apps. Once I was happy I was at a level to reinsert myself into the graphic design industry, I never looked back.
Initially starting as a studio junior at an advertising agency in Elland, West Yorkshire, it soon became apparent that continually working day-in-day-out at one studio wasn’t the right choice for me, so I decided to go freelance. Being based in Todmorden, this gave me the perfect opportunity to freelance for agencies right across the North West and West Yorkshire. I was very fortunate to work at some of the best agencies in the north and work alongside some of the best talent. Working in these environments helped shape me in to the designer I am today and elevate my thought process and design skills. I’m continually striving to improve myself as a designer, wether this be researching other designers and disciplines or learning new software and skills.
Nowdays, I mainly work directly with my clients from my home studio. I’ve been fortunate enough to have built up quite a network of contacts and clients from my freelancing days. With the boom of social media over the last few years and the explosion of ‘outsourcing’, I have acquired a very varied client base that spans the globe, from internet marketeers in New York to sport psychologists in Australia and make-up manufacturers in New Zealand.