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Bill Corbett

From interview febuary 2009

How long have you been an artist?

I’ve been drawing since I was five, but I got actively interested when I was around ten and eleven years old.

What got you interested in art?

Quite a few things, but I guess it has a lot to do with my Dad and my uncle both being self taught artists themselves. I was surrounded by drawing and painting from an early age. I bought a lot of comics as a kid and I copied from them frequently. I also have very fond memories of Tony Hart’s Vision on (on the bbc).

What are your biggest influences and inspirations?

As a child my inspiration came from things like Star Trek, Star Wars, Comics, JRR Tolkien, Road Dahl and Raymond Briggs. Now I would say it’s almost everything I’ve ever encountered in my life.

Influences is a tricky one, there’s just too many of them.

Smaug by Bill Corbett 1978


Are there any specific artists that have influenced you in any way?

I very much admire William Roberts ,Stanley Spencer, Peter Blake, Frank Frazetta, Ralph Steadman, Josh Kirby, Quentin Blake, Alan Lee, Bob Eggleton, Gerald Scarfe, Rodney Matthews and David McKean to name a very few.

Have you had any formal training in the arts?

For the most part I am self taught, but I have been fortunate to have some very good teachers at school and at college. A lot of the knowledge I’ve acquired came from working as a graphics and paste-up artist in the print industry as a youngster. I still attend life classes once a week to keep myself sharp.

How would you describe your style?


Can you describe your creation process?

It’s probably easier to watch one of my painting videos on youtube. It’s timelapsed so you will just have to imagine me drinking tea every couple of hours.

What do you paint for yourself?


Thanks very much for your time.

You’re welcome.