Ian Mitchell is a super talented artist in Leicester who has created a number of wonderful portraits of different locations around the city.
We first spotted him at the Queens Road Christmas fair and have been a fan of his work since. You can now order from him online directly, so we caught up with him to find out a little more.
What inspired you to start drawing scenes in Leicester?
I started draw Leicester scenes about 10 years ago when I first started selling my work locally on Queens Road Market twice a year. It took off from there.
Where is your favourite place in Leicester to draw?
Quite a few of my illustrations are of Clarendon Park itself and Victoria Park, because that is where I live and spend a lot of time. There is a strong community here and the local shops and cafes and the park all inspire me.
You’re also available to do private commissions, what sort of things would that involve and what are the costs?
Yes, I do private commissions as well as my commercial work. I do quite a lot of imagery for weddings and significant occasions like special anniversaries and birthdays.
For instance I often do illustrated wedding maps, and illustrations of wedding venues etc. I also do a lot of house and garden portraits. Prices start at £150 depending on what is required.
House portraits are £285. I also provide framing when required.
Who are some of your other favourite independents in Leicester?
I guess what particularly interests me are place and buildings that I have a connection with, or pass by a lot.
I like The Skylark Bakery, Tiny Bakery, Fingerprints, Barcoleneta, Labels, Christopher James, Northern Cobbler amongst many others. Also love the Exchange Bar and Phoenix.