Hello, I’m Bertie Simpson,
I am an illustrator and artist based in southeast London. I am currently studying BA illustration in my third year at Camberwell College of Arts. Being creative is an integral part of who I am. I enjoy the freedom of imagining spaces, narratives and characters that are distant from an often-bleak reality. I am continuously inspired by others and often work collaboratively to explore alternative perspectives. Being a freelance illustrator has opened up opportunities to work with or for a variety of people, which has helped me shape and adapt my way of working. In 2016, Fraser Adams and I started up a clothing company called Hamtingz. I create the designs and together we screen print everything by hand.
In terms of the process of my drawings, I allow myself complete creative freedom to manipulate and distort existing spaces or people. However, I will often set myself ‘rules’ that I stick to when creating pieces with different styles. It’s quite a strict process as I become obsessive with the rules that I have set to particular pieces of work: For me, it is about precision and ensuring that the final product is how I envisioned it.