Photo of me, Steev Bishop

Hello, thanks for stopping by

I’m Steev Bishop. I was born 1979, and currently make my home in Southampton, UK.

I have been an artworker, designer and illustrator since 1998, spending many of those years in agency life. Now I’m looking to inject more of myself into the things I make.

If you haven’t checked out my portfolio and sketchbook yet, go for it and I’ll still be here when you get back.

I’ve taken some time out to work on the site, as well as work on some personal projects. I’m available for new projects, so if you’re interested in working with me please get in touch.

A little history

It all started with a pencil.

Growing up, I loved to draw. I used to have long streams of continuous printer paper which my aunt would give me, and I’d draw my favourite cartoon characters or make stuff up. If I had felt-tips, crayons, pencils and paper to hand, I was busy.

I was enamoured with computers too; fascinated with how they could draw things on screen as much as I was disappointed the cover illustration of a Spectrum game didn’t quite match the reality. While I didn’t have a computer of my own until I was 20 (some Umax Mac clone) I’d make opportunities where I could to mix together drawing and computers, such as going round a friend’s house and then spending a couple of hours bogarting his Amiga running a copy of Deluxe Paint.

I studied GCSE Art at school and took a Graphic Design course at college, where I discovered the Apple Macintosh and the joys of Photoshop and Illustrator. I divided my time between studies and teaching myself how to play guitar. I had mixed feelings about the design course I took, which was somewhat exemplified by my final major project being an audio-visual collage on my relationship with my hometown of Southampton. I completed the course with three distinctions.

I was unsure about continuing to university and instead took up a part-time job offer at a small design company in 1998 creating club flyers and printed material for local small businesses and charitable organisations. It wasn’t very long before I became a full-time employee. From 2003 I spent nine years designing and illustrating for a design department within the NHS, working on projects of all sizes, creating a range of both patient-facing and corporate material, as well as teaching myself HTML and CSS for occasional web-based projects.

Personal

I still use pencils. You’ll find evidence of this here on this site as well as on Flickr, where you will also find a mix of photography and other design stuff.

I still play guitar too. There was a little period of time where I played live, although I’m not entirely sure why I stopped. I enjoy noodling about, composing and recording, evidence of which can be found on Soundcloud.

I have a couple of side projects running at the moment: I produce and co-host a podcast called Unanswered, and Beeb’s News is an almost-daily satirical take on the BBC News website. Read about my side projects in more detail.

When I’m not making things I’m reading comics, watching box sets, sleeping or drinking green tea.