Artist Interview – Jed Chisholm

Jed Chisholm is a lettering artist from London, United Kingdom. When he's not chasing his 3 young children around, he has a pencil in his hand. Jed specialises in script lettering, lockups and tight compositions. His work is heavily influenced by a golden era of lettering and type design in the 70s and 80s.


What made you become an artist?
I suppose creativity is in my blood. Be it lettering, music, woodwork, cookery or anything really, I just love to make things. In my teenage years I was really into Graffiti. The fascination with letters never left me, as an adult I continue to draw them at every available opportunity.

 

How would you describe your art style in one sentence?
Curve heavy. Rooted in the past, especially inspired by a beloved era of lettering and type design in the 70s and 80s.

Where do you find inspiration?
Absolutely everywhere. Old books, shop fronts, signage, Flickr, Pinterest and of course through all of the amazing artists I follow.

 

What are your favorite tools?
A bit of a cliché, but it has to be regular pencil and paper. The iPad is amazing and is now a big part of my process, especially for editing and tidying up sketches. But I find that the curves I love to draw require a particular flick of the wrist and level of responsiveness only traditional pencil and paper can provide.

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, whatever level you're at.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
There are so many. If I were forced to choose, I would have to say the British lettering artist and type designer David Quay. Of all of the lettering pieces I look to for inspiration, his are always top of the list. Pure perfection!

 

Favorite art gallery/museum?
Robert Opie's Museum of Brands in West London is amazing.

 

What superpower would you love to have and why?
Freezing time. There aren’t enough hours in the day to realize all of my ideas!

 

Which song is currently on top of your playlist?
Wait Till You See Her - Ella Fitzgerald

 

What advice would you give to young artists starting out?
Dedicate as much time as you can to your craft. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, whatever level you're at. Having your work on display will motivate you to improve. Reach out to people on the same path. There are plenty of lovely people who will encourage you along the way.


Want to see more of their work?
Have a look at Jed's Artist Edition.