Name: Paul Willan
Business: Paul Willan Portraits
Describe yourself in three words: Impatient, modest, precise
What else should we know about you? I started drawing at the age of 7 and have been developing my skills ever since. I am a big family man and my wife and daughter mean the world to me. I am also a very keen runner, running about 40 miles a week.
What do you do? By day i’m a computer aided design engineer, by night I’m an artist.
Why do you love it? I love the sense of achievement it gives me when I see a picture come alive from a blank piece of paper.
Where do you get your inspiration? My wife, daughter and things around me. Generally I’m drawing portraits so my inspiration comes from the pictures they send me to draw but if i’m not doing portraiture I get my inspiration from my surroundings. If it stays still long enough I’ll draw it.
Who has been one of your biggest influences? Lee Hammond, Darrel Tank.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things could you not live without? My wife, My daughter and my pencil. If it has to be inanimate objects then its my pencil, paper and eraser.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Drawing better portraits, and being a bit better well known.