El Famoso

London, England

El Famoso is a London based collective consisting of the two brothers Rich and Chris Fairhead. Since high school they’ve shared a passion for illustration and animation, which developed into two great talents, that they decided to combine later on. They get inspired by japanese spirits, tattoos, warriors, monsters, cartoons and everything else from a surreal fantasy world.

Conversation with El Famoso

A short introduction to who you are:

We are El Famoso,

Holy El Famoso? Defenders of the Light? Illustration Kings Fairhead Family Might. We are a collective made up from illustrators Rich and Chris Fairhead, brothers that have combined their pen skills to become the ultimate illustration monster.

Where are you guys from and where do you currently live?

We grew up in a tiny fishing village in Suffolk and now reside in south London. Rich is in Brixton and Chris just around the corner in Tulse Hill.

When did you become artists and what was your first projects?

El Famoso's first official collaboration was a solo show and live mural called 'Gods Sketch Book'. It’s probably our favourite show to date, although, we didn't have a clue what we were doing we managed to sell out of pretty much everything. Prior to that, first project was probably pasta, PVA smiley faces.

Did you study art in school, if so where?

We both studied Illustration and animation at Kingston University, it all began in high school with photography and still life drawing (Giger still life was particularly inspiring).

What inspires you? Any particular artists?

Japanese spirits and ghosts, nautical tattoos, scotch eggs, ghana hand painted signs, beer mats, lots of coffee, tiny ships in bottles, warriors, monsters, gods, witch craft, animals, mr kipling, toys, party food (nibbles), Jonny Cash, Russian Criminal tattoos, tribes, comics, heroes, screen prints, killer robots, bad films, graffiti, posters, black & white, fantasy, folk and some other bits and bobs.

Artists would have to include Nigel peake, Basquiat, Neasden Control Centre, Phil Frost, Norma Bar, Barry Mcgee, Elvis Road, Norman Rockwell, Jon Boam, Gary Taxali, Sailor Jerry

What are some of the ideas behind your work?

The ideas behind our work tend to come from the vintage pin up and tattoo artists drawings mixed with the strange and weird cartoon/disney fantasy world sketched directly from our brains. London, films and the everyday are strong influences too. And Rum.

A short introduction to who you are:

We are El Famoso,

Holy El Famoso? Defenders of the Light? Illustration Kings Fairhead Family Might. We are a collective made up from illustrators Rich and Chris Fairhead, brothers that have combined their pen skills to become the ultimate illustration monster.

Where are you guys from and where do you currently live?

We grew up in a tiny fishing village in Suffolk and now reside in south London. Rich is in Brixton and Chris just around the corner in Tulse Hill.

When did you become artists and what was your first projects?

El Famoso's first official collaboration was a solo show and live mural called 'Gods Sketch Book'. It’s probably our favourite show to date, although, we didn't have a clue what we were doing we managed to sell out of pretty much everything. Prior to that, first project was probably pasta, PVA smiley faces.

Did you study art in school, if so where?

We both studied Illustration and animation at Kingston University, it all began in high school with photography and still life drawing (Giger still life was particularly inspiring).

What inspires you? Any particular artists?

Japanese spirits and ghosts, nautical tattoos, scotch eggs, ghana hand painted signs, beer mats, lots of coffee, tiny ships in bottles, warriors, monsters, gods, witch craft, animals, mr kipling, toys, party food (nibbles), Jonny Cash, Russian Criminal tattoos, tribes, comics, heroes, screen prints, killer robots, bad films, graffiti, posters, black & white, fantasy, folk and some other bits and bobs.

Artists would have to include Nigel peake, Basquiat, Neasden Control Centre, Phil Frost, Norma Bar, Barry Mcgee, Elvis Road, Norman Rockwell, Jon Boam, Gary Taxali, Sailor Jerry

What are some of the ideas behind your work?

The ideas behind our work tend to come from the vintage pin up and tattoo artists drawings mixed with the strange and weird cartoon/disney fantasy world sketched directly from our brains. London, films and the everyday are strong influences too. And Rum.

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