Ben Skipper

Ben Skipper

Artist and WriterUnited Kingdom
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Ben Skipper

Ben Skipper

Artist and WriterUnited Kingdom
About me
I'm an award-winning (Association of Cultural Enterprises Awards) freelance Artist and Writer (occasional gonzo style correspondent too), working across a range of genres. I am extremely lucky to have work in use with a range of clients including Help for Heroes, for whom I designed one of their top-selling T-Shirts, Pen and Sword Books as well as numerous private commissions. As a writer, I have over 50 feature articles, books and numerous stills used by several publishers including BBC, Metropolis, TI Media, ATG Media, Pen & Sword Books, Baily's and Scale Modelling Now. I keep my design and research skills sharp through developing my visual portfolio as part of my part-time studies in BA (Hons) in Graphic Design with the Open College of the Arts and a blog with my work can be found here (photography) and here (Graphic Design) Please note I use at NUJ Freelance Rates as a baseline for pricing.
  • Tamiya Ford GPA
    Tamiya Ford GPAThis 1/35 Tamiya Ford GPA was commissioned by Pen & Sword books for an upcoming title I've written on Landing Craft and Amphibians.
  • Battle of the Bulge
    Battle of the BulgeContinuing my series of books with Pen & Sword see me tackle the Battle of the Bulge, America's bloodiest battle of the Second World War. These scale model builds and illustrations are examples of my work.
  • Italian Cyrenaica
    Italian CyrenaicaA series of commissioned illustrations for a German publisher.
  • Market Garden
    Market GardenA series of illustrations, including maps, made for an upcoming book on Op. Market Garden.
  • El Alamein
    El AlameinKits and illustrations I've completed for an upcoming book on the battles of El Alamein for Pen & Sword books.
  • Graphic Design CPD December
    Graphic Design CPD DecemberSome more samples of GD work undertaken December 2020
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Work history
    McClelland & Chase Communications Bureau logo
    McClelland & Chase Communications Bureau logo
    OwnerMcClelland & Chase Communications Bureau
    Nottingham, United KingdomFreelance
    McClelland & Chase Communications Bureau produces bespoke visual and written communications solutions to a range of sectors. From delightful water colour fabric designs to highly detailed computer-generated illustrations, engaging copywriting to well-researched high word count content writing, McClelland & Chase Communications Bureau delivers the whole package. Clients include Help for Heroes, Pen and Sword Books, BBC, Time PLC as well as numerous private clients who seek a communications solution that is as individual and unique as they are. The fields we cover include military history, graphic design, Town & Country themes, art & design, scale model making and specialist commercial photography.
    Photographer & WriterForester Green Photography
    United KingdomFreelance
    Based in the Nottinghamshire, UK, I specialise in the representation of Town & Country life, documenting rural activities from traditional equine competitions & field sports to agricultural shows, as well as press events & location observations. My work has been used by the BBC, Trinity Mirror PLC, Government Agencies & luxury brands.
  • Research
  • Creative Approach
  • Graphic Communication
  • Graphic Design
  • Fabric Design
  • Commercial Photography
  • Content Writing
  • Copywriting
    University for the Creative Arts logo
    University for the Creative Arts logo
    BA (Hons) Photography with Graphic DesignUniversity for the Creative Arts
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    The BA (Hons) Photography degree with Graphic Design is part of my ongoing personal development centred around my technical, creative and analytical skills by following a highly structured programme of study. ◦ The Square Mile. A series of photographic stills using the opportunity to look at the surroundings in my immediate square mile. This also included a research element which focused on artists who have worked documenting their local areas. ◦ Visual Skills. Exercises that involved taking stills focusing on the compositional themes of Point, Line and Frame. ◦ Surface and Depth. Research exercise looking at how different artists approached the theme of Surface and Depth. ◦ The Distorting lens. A series of exercise which focused on dynamic and artistic use of lens work. ◦ Lens Work. Research exercise looking at how different artists used the lens aesthetically. ◦ Collecting Views. A series of rural landscapes taken with a medium telephoto lens and small aperture to foreshorten perspective but to also add depth. ◦ The Frozen Moment. A series of stills which explored the dynamic and aesthetic use of high speed photography. ◦ A Durational Space. A series of technical and aesthetic exercises focusing on slow shutter speed, multiple exposure function and its uses in photography. ◦ The Decisive Moment. A combined research and technical exercise which looks at the genre of street photography as the traditionally held form of peak moment representation. It then looks at how other genres can be equally filled with decisive moments. ◦ The Language of Light. A series of exercises in which the Exposure and use of light in photography is investigated.
    Best RangeAssociation of Cultural Enterprises
    Clothing range design for Help for Heroes won the 2020 Best Range award.