The Art of Josh O'Brien
Josh O'Brien - Artist
I'm a character designer and visual development artist who enjoys working on a wide and diverse range of projects. I have had the pleasure of working with the likes of Young Animation, Ash Gaming, Playtech, Oxford University Press, Capstone publishing, Melwood Pictures and Zondervan Publishing.
Currently I work my days away from the sunny valleys of Gloucestershire. One day I hope to go outside and paint them. I dare to dream.
Reg Pup - Pack Leader, Go Getter, Mover and Shaker
Hi, I'm Reggie, as a young pup what I lack in experience, I make up for in enthusiasm for walks and ability to sleep for 16 hours a day. I'm a dog, and as a dog, I can be a little easily distrac... ooh rabbit, squirrel, ball, pheasant, dog... ... ... Hi, I'm Reggie...
Character design for all occasions.
Visual development and environment design for animation
Illustration and sequential story art.
"Josh was with us for 2+ years as Lead Artist, working on a number of games, each project lasting roughly 3-4 months. He hit the ground running, proving to be a reliable constant, creating quality work with minimal supervision. Josh was a great influence on the other artist in the team, constantly striving for personal development and learning and encouraging and helping others to do so too. During his time with us, Josh was asked to work on a large number of games, using a range of software and skills and excelled in each. A great person to work with, I would happily work with again and recommend."
Daniel Blokland, Head of Art, Playtech UK.
"Josh is an amazing person to work with. He’s creative, collaborative and on point. He can take a concept, run with it and push it past expectations. Josh creates an exceptional wide range of characters. It is rare that an illustrator can draw all races and ages with great accuracy, plus his expressions really bring the scenes to life. "
Patrick Greenish, Art Director, Highlights for Children magazine
"I asked Josh to provide an illustration for a recent issue of Stew magazine. Though I hadn't used his work before, I felt it was of such a high quality, he fully deserved to do the cover illustration. My confidence in him was rewarded with an outstanding piece of artwork - one of the best to have been featured in Stew. Besides his faultless creative ability, Josh was professional and thorough in his approach and an absolute pleasure to work with."
Ali Fraser, Editor, Stew Magazine
"I recently engaged Josh to work with me on a design of the main character for a manuscript I’ve just completed. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and his attention to detail is outstanding. He’s a true professional in every sense of the word. The job was completed on time and totally exceeded my expectations; I just love the character! I’m hoping to work with Josh again soon and I would highly recommend Josh’s artistic services to anyone seeking superb character designs. "
Sue Ruffle, Author
"I've had the great privilege of working with Josh on several personal projects. Not only is his skill and talent incredible, but he also happens to be a genuinely nice guy and professional! When you work with Josh, you should know exactly what you'll get: first and foremost, stellar quality and a second of all, a smooth and professional experience. He consistently raises the bar on his own work and delivers high quality illustration in a very reasonable time period. I've worked with many artists in my own career and for personal commissions. Josh, by far, is at the top of the list!"
Brandon Lori, Private Commission
"We were delighted to have Josh on board for the launch of our newest science programme for schools. His illustrations were fantastic and added hugely to the impact of our work. We couldn't have asked for anything better! Josh was a pleasure to work with throughout the project both in terms of creativity and also professionalism. He directed us with excellent suggestions and ideas, accommodated our tight deadlines and last-minute changes and was always available when we had any questions. We were thrilled with Josh's work, would highly recommend him and are looking forward to working with Josh again on further projects."
Mark Nolan, Coordinator, Biodiversity in Schools
Thanks Josh, your amazing concept art really helped show the world what we are planning to achieve. I was introduced to Josh via a mutual friend when I was looking for a concept artist for my feature 'We Are The Helpless'. I needed someone who could really get a feel for the look and mood I was going for and Josh created some beautiful art for us with depth and feeling. His concept art was the first thing people saw when we launched the film and the feedback I got was incrdible. He was very professional during the whole process and always delivered within the deadlines set. I already look forward to working with him again on my next project.
Toby Spanton, Director, 'We are the Helpless'