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All about Basil

Basil (FopDoodles) is an artist with a background in children's television and now children's illustration. He specialises in family friendly characters and puts his knowledge of what kid's like down to his inner 5 year old, who is always bubbling under the surface!

He lives on American Candy and Rooibos tea and spends about 23 hours a day at his drawing table, creating new worlds or stories of his own in between publishing and private commissions.. when his house rabbits aren't chewing his trouser legs.

He is also available to live-draw at weddings, parties etc, and loves interacting with guests at events and breaking the ice with a few sketches of the folks there!

You can find him on Instagram, Etsy, Twitch and Youtube via the links at the bottom of every page if you'd like to see him in action.

FAQ's

What's your real name?- Basil

Why FopDoodles? - It comes from two places. The first is I consider myself to be a "Fop"

  1. a man who is concerned with his clothes and appearance in an affected and excessive way.

 

And I doodle!

The second is the definition of FopDoodles is "a simple fellow, a fool". It's an old English insult and I adore it. I came across it one day, fell in love with the word and eventually adopted it as my name across social media. 

Whereabouts are you based? - I'm in Cardiff, UK.

Will you draw me/my cat/my favourite band? - My commissions are usually open- drop me a message to ask! I unfortunately can't take on free work - unless it's for charity.

Have you ever illustrated a book? - I've illustrated several! 

You can find some of my recent ones here! 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Captain-Cutlass-Rocket-Ship-Adventures/dp/1999976606/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=captain+cutlass&qid=1589150518&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pierre-Cat-Glenn-Lovegrove/dp/1912535165/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=pierre+the+cat&qid=1589150544&sr=8-2

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bubble-Mouse-Meets-Santa-Claus/dp/1912535327

Can I find you online anywhere? - I am on instagram, Twitter and Youtube/TikTok/Twitch.

All the links are at the bottom of the page! Just click the icons to take you there.

What materials/equipment do you use? 

I use an Ipad Pro 2020 and Apple Pencil for digital work, with Procreate. 

I use Ohuhu/Copic Ciao markers and Faber Castell Polychromos for traditional work, and occasionally Winsor and Newton watercolours and kraft paper! But honestly I use a wide variety of materials depending on the project.