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Richard is a sketcher, painter, illustrator, animator and art instructor. His body of work has appeared in galleries, magazines, books, web sites and for corporate publicity on major highways and architectural projects nationwide. 

He has won many awards both here and in America and in 2008 Richard raised the profile of coloured pencils as a fine art medium when he won the inaugural David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year with an orangutan painting called The Hope of Sepilok. It also won the Endangered Species Category in the competition.

Since then, business has been good. His signature coloured pencil work has appeared in art books all over the world. Books such as A Compendium of Drawing Techniques by Donna Krizek, The Coloured Pencil Artists Drawing Bible by Jane Strother and Ann Kulbergs Coloured Pencil Secrets of Success.

Richard is an accomplished coloured pencil artist and has exhibited at the Art Materials Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham with the UK Coloured Pencil Society several times.

A Nottingham-born artist and part-time freelance  

illustrator, Richard lives close to the picturesque Peak District in Derbyshire with wife Linda and recently returned from Dubai, UAE, after working there on his business, 3D Creative Solutions.

Richard is a professionally qualified Civil Engineer. He has recently taken up the position of Team Manager for the Engineering Services Group within Leicestershire County Council. You might think that civil engineering and art have little common ground but there were always opportunities for Richard to continue producing artistic impressions and concepts for Local Government and private practice.

If something amusing happened in the office, shortly afterwards a cartoon (signed Chumley) would appear on the wall with humorous caricatures of the people involved. The market has since expanded, and he finished his thousandth cartoon in 2013. He uses much of his spare time to complete commissions for leaving and celebratory cards, and publicity material, not to mention private commissions for portraits and many other subjects. You know when you have been Chumley’d!

Cartoons and caricatures are still very popular but the growing trend in creative industries nowadays is illustration and animation for a whole raft of projects on a much larger scale all around the globe. 


Richard uses a Wacom Cintiq 24HD graphic pen display to create his visual illustrations. Richard also uses his iPad when on the move using the Procreate App buy always returns back to the Wacom; nothing compares in the industry – that is why Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks use them. They are incredible.  

The website is a collection of Richards many commissions over the years. He still remains humbled by the fact that clients keep coming back to him. He’s always looking to sketch daily, if time allows, to practice, practice, and then, practice more. He’s also an urban sketcher – please see his private sketchbook on this site here

Richard has completed many coloured pencil workshops and one-to-one sessions. Since setting up his Chumleys Art YouTube Channel and Vimeo web hosting site, he is now exploring the world of social media webinars and online tutorials to explain the process of what he does to help other artists develop themselves further but more importantly, to create a piece of art.

As mentioned, Richard is now working at Leicestershire County Council, which is his primary job nowadays, but is happy to continue to work part-time on art and illustration projects as and when time permits so please feel free to get in touch to discuss your art and illustration project. 

testimonials & REVIEWS

Many people have received a piece of Chumley’s art and illustration over the years. The business has been going for over thirty years so there’s been many commissions. Richard had done over a thousand cartoon commissions in 2013 they’re still very popular. 

Always popular, the cartoons and caricatures bring a smile to not only the recipients faces but to all those who know them. From paintings of peoples beloved cats and dogs, much loved family members and for those people they all work with – anyone can receive a commissioned piece from the studio. 

See how to commission a bespoke piece of art from the artist here, it’s all very easy and straight forward, and see the testimonials and Yell.com reviews on the link below.

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