Miles John­ston

This young English artist is us­ing his pen­cil sketches to drive his fer­vent cre­ativ­ity

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Miles John­ston was still a teenager when he caught the eye of ImagineFX dur­ing the first Ris­ing Stars cam­paign. Four years later, he’s be­come an in­spi­ra­tional artist to many.

Miles found his feet online in the dig­i­tal art com­mu­nity, post­ing work on sites like con­cep­ “The whole online art scene feels like a cool, ex­tended friend­ship group, and it’s been ex­cit­ing meet­ing so many peo­ple that I’ve known from online.”

Now Miles has turned to per­fect­ing his pen­cil work. His en­gag­ing sketch­book posts see the artist set­tle on a theme and ex­plore it in as much depth as pos­si­ble. “I try to be hon­est about what I’m in­ter­ested in, even if it means mak­ing a bunch of draw­ings around ideas that might seem a lit­tle weird.”

For Miles, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is key to find­ing new forms and shapes in fa­mil­iar draw­ings. “Some­times I’ll take an old-school ap­proach, with lots of thumb­nails and care­ful plan­ning, and some­times I’ll work a whole im­age out­wards from a sin­gle fo­cal point.” Find­ing spon­ta­neous shapes and ideas is what mat­ters: “I like to leave my process open enough to fol­low those im­pulses,” he says.

At the heart of Miles’s ap­proach to art is the belief that you should al­ways be chal­lenged, to con­tin­u­ally wres­tle with your doubts and fears to drive for­ward. “The best thing about paint­ing, in my opin­ion, is that you never reach a limit, and the chal­lenge never goes away.”

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“I spend a lot of time in my Mole­sk­ine, even do­ing a lot of fin­ished work in them. I like hav­ing my setup be re­ally sim­ple and por­ta­ble, so I can vary where I work a lot.”

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