David Hobbs artist

Old Town, Hastings

I studied Illustration & Design at Hastings School of Art and subsequently worked for advertising agencies producing finished artwork including line illustration, hand-drawn lettering and full-colour illustrations of anything and everything.

This proved a worthwhile apprenticeship to hone any skills that I may have possessed. Seeking more control over my work I decided to become freelance and therefore needed to specialise in one or two areas of illustration, so I chose illustrated maps and historical reconstruction. This work combined my interest in history, architecture, wildlife and lettering. I subsequently produced work for Heritage magazine over a ten year period, BBC Homes & Antiques and The Daily Telegraph for three years plus from time to time work for other magazine and book publishers. Museum and exhibition work followed and I produced historical illustrations for The National Trust, English Heritage, Birmingham Museum, Tamworth Museum Kingston Museum and maps and illustrations for Hastings Borough Council/1066 Country Partnership.  I also supplied images for visitor information panels to two major Lottery Funded exhibitions -'Canterbury: England's Crucible' and  'Canterbury:1600 To the Present Day'.


During this time I continued with painting and drawing for exhibition purposes but could not devote as much time to this as I would have wished. I am now able to do this and  enjoy producing line drawings with added water-colour washes; I also work in acrylics and am busy producing a body of work in this medium.

A fascination with combining several images in one drawing and weaving these into a satisfying overall design is a great passion....and challenge.

A strong illustrative element, imagination, the story behind the story and a nod to the past, are all features represented in my work.

I am inspired by the local landscape, gardens and period architecture of this beautiful part of the UK......East Sussex.

Participation in exhibitions:

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (two -man show)

Stables Theatre Hastings

Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury 2010,  2012

Rye Society of Artists Annual Show 2017,  2018,  2019,  2021

Pure Autumn Arts Fair, Battle 2017,  2018