“I became an illustrator at school in my physics class, when my friends would watch me doodle all over my notebooks,” says Cai Burton.
Cai has progressed from doodler to become a well-known Bristol artist, and is selling a new piece, Bristol Transport, with Bristol24/7.
“I’ve discovered what being an artist means by learning from others, reading online and practicing lots,” says Cai. “I believe that art brings people together and can help create a happier and healthier society.”
Currently, the artist focuses much of his time on large-scale murals that lots of people can enjoy: “It’s amazing to work on a large scale!”
One of Cai’s favourite murals to create has been a collaborative project with students with disabilities and additional needs from Claremont School.
Read more: Making art accessible at Claremont School
The artist also works on a smaller scale, creating prints, postcards and more.
“All my work is hand drawn, so every dot, line and detail is done traditionally. I use a huge range of pens to create the intricate detail in the piece, including ones that are half a millimetre thin! I then scan it and make sure I fix all my mistakes before sending it off to print as locally as I can.”
The piece Cai is selling with Bristol24/7, Bristol Transport, is one of these smaller-scale pieces and features nine Bristol-based modes of transport.
Cai lives in Redland and works in an Easton studio. As well as creating art, he is also part of Freedom of Mind, a festival destigmatizing mental health.
Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, Cai says: “I’m really excited to book in some more murals, but equally I’m busy preparing for Christmas where I’ll be selling a load of my prints, Christmas cards and gifts!
Buy a print of Bristol Transport at www.b247.squarespace.com/artist-of-the-month-october-2019. 40 per cent of proceeds will go towards Better Bristol.
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