Andrew Forkner - Animal & Character Artist
At the start of his career Andrew produced mostly illustration work, drawing birds and animals for journals, magazines and books (most notably as principal illustrator for ‘The Birds of Oxfordshire’ for which he produced the colour plate for the dust-jacket and 87 of the 147 ink drawings in the book).
A self-taught wildlife artist, he works in a variety of media, including graphite pencil, coloured pencil, acrylics and pastel to complete his originals.
He has produced several commissions for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), of which he has been a member for over forty years.
He is a keen naturalist and has travelled in both this country and abroad in search of wildlife. His artwork has also travelled widely, with examples of his art in collections in the UK, Europe,Kenya, Canada, USA and Nepal.
His wildlife art has been displayed at many British venues including:
Nature in Art at Gloucester (where he participates in their ‘Artist in Residence’ programme and runs drawing workshops),
The Mall Galleries,
The Artist and Illustrator’s Show at Olympia,
Art Materials Live at the NEC
WWT galleries at Slimbridge, Arundel and The London Wetland Centre.
More recently he has begun depicting characters from the fantasy and sci-fi genres of film.