Ashley Percival

Ashley Percival

I love receiving emails from up-and-coming illustrators, who write to introduce me to their work – it’s one of the highlights of going through my inbox.

But I have to confess that while I go through each and every one of them, there were some who I felt weren’t quite there yet. Now, I’m not saying that they’re not good enough to be written about, but at that particular moment, I felt that featuring them wouldn’t do them justice; especially when I thought they weren’t quite ready. I have full faith in them in that they’re still finding their way – it’s just not something I feel terribly excited about at the time. By now you would have deduced that for me, it’s either a HELL YEAH or a no. It keeps things simple around here.

Ashley Percival was one of them.

Ashley Percival

He wrote to me a few times over the past few years (and I can only hope that I did remember to reply his emails the best I could), sending me his links and updates – but I still found that there was something missing. I’ve decided very early on that I wouldn’t comment on other people’s work – especially the same people who so graciously sent me their links (unless they’re hiring me!) so I just left it at that.

But the truth is, I remember almost every single person who has contacted me. I sift through every link and make a mental note of the artist and their work. And I sometimes check back to see how they’re coming along – whether they’ve progressed, changed or just remained the same as they were when they touched base with me.

Ashley Percival

Ashley Percival

So when I checked back on Ashley, I smiled. Because I could see more of his personality in his work. I could spot some experimentation going on, which made me sit up and notice; and in between his detailed lines, patterns and animal characters, I saw a sense of humor that I felt he had held back years before. I particularly love the running theme he has with animals being weird or just plain awkward. And props. Who doesn’t like props?

It’s taken a few years Ashley, but here’s a HELL YEAH from me. 🙂

See more of Ashley’s work on his website, buy his prints on Etsy, and check out his Society6 shop for more animal weirdness.

Have a great Monday folks!

6 Replies to “Ashley Percival”

  1. debbie says:

    I love her work! The different textures are so fun.

  2. Zoe says:

    I’ve not taken the leap to actually email you for the purposes of showing off my work Amy (and you know who I am!)… I’ve not done so because i don’t feel ready. Far from it. BUT, this post made me squeal a little with excitement (on the inside), as it filled me with hope. Something is bubbling away for me, but its not yet ready to pop the cork. Can’t wait to finally (hopefully one day) get a “hells yeah!) from you… Stay tuned…x

  3. Zoe says:

    Oh, i posted doubly… I’m THAT excited.

  4. Oh it’s so validating to hear my thoughts mirrored in your own (and Zoe’s). I’ve not contacted anyone about featuring my work because, as you so aptly put it, I know it wouldn’t do myself and my work justice. I like a lot of my art but still I have this conviction that I can do better and I’m just not there yet.

    I’ll be sure to drop you a line when I get there, Amy 🙂


  5. ella says:

    Ahhhh love love love Ashley Percival’s work, have seen it featured on Etsy often, such character and such beautiful use of colour and media. And he was definitely one of the inspirations to doing it myself and not worrying whether anyone else likes it as long as I’m doing something I love and also reminded me of the fact that not being like everyone else’s work is a good thing even when you feel distinctly unfashionable! (I am not referring to Ashley’s work as that at all of course as his time is most certainly now!)

  6. Shelley says:

    Love these animal characters, they’re filled with a personality all their own. Thank you for sharing Ashley’s work with us.

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