After many years of dabbling with art, Eddie Booth began his professional art career at age 32 in 1998 as a graphic designer and then operated his own graphic design business ‘designbooth ltd’ for several years. Over the years Eddie has been involved with many interesting illustration projects for international business and local business alike.
Although a self-taught artist, Eddie attended a one-year ‘Animation’ course in 1996 and a one-year ‘Graphic Design’ certificate course in 1997. He was always drawing as he grew up in the small New Zealand coastal town of Whangamata. Although interested in many styles of art, Eddie was influenced by a childhood love of all forms of cartoon books and comics (Tintin, Asterix, Beano, Richard Scarry) and as he got older Eddie also became interested in science fiction and fantasy art (Conan, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings). However, Eddie has never lost his fascination with the whimsical, colourful and humorous content of artwork for children (such as Winnie the Pooh by Disney). Now living at Papamoa beach in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, the artist produces his work using a Wacom tablet and computer programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, and Carrara 3D.
Although Eddie has a range of cartoon jigsaws already, (including ‘EyeSaw’ and an underwater scene ‘Fish Tales’ licensed by Ravensburger), the artist is always working on other fun themes and styles.