Nottingham-born Chumley (aka Richard Childs) currently lives close to the picturesque Peak District with wife Linda and stepdaughter Kelly.
He became interested in all things art-related at school, where he studied art, graphic design and pottery. Richard developed his drawing technique using graphite pencils and pen & ink and planned to go to art college. Unfortunately, he was disappointed with the content of the courses available at the time and discouraged when advised that graphic artists were ‘ten-a-penny’. He decided to enroll on a Building Technology course at Basford Hall College instead. Halfway through the term he then transferred to Civil Engineering and completed his studies at the Nottingham Trent University
A career in civil engineering beckoned and Richard is now the Traffic Control Centre Operations Manager with Nottingham City Council. You might think that civil engineering and art have little common ground but there were many opportunities for Richard to continue producing artwork – artistic impressions and concepts of schemes were needed and Richard grabbed the opportunity to use his artistic ability at work. His colleagues were impressed with his talent and word soon got round that if you wanted a drawing of something, Richard was your man!
If something amusing happened in the office, shortly afterwards a cartoon (signed Chumley) would appear on the wall with caricatures of the people involved. The market has since expanded and Richard now uses much of his spare time to complete commissions for leaving cards, Christmas cards and publicity material, not to mention private commissions for portraits and many other subjects. You know when you’ve been Chumley’d!
Cartoons and caricatures are still very popular but pointillism is still one of Richard’s favourite disciplines. The downside is the time it takes to produce each piece but the results are worth every hour at the drawing board, as you can see from the examples on this site.
Richard is an accomplished coloured pencil artist often exhibiting at the Art Materials Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre with the UK Coloured Pencil Society and won the first David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year 2008 with the Hope of Sepilok.
Richard is now using a Wacom Cintiq 24HD Pen Display to complete digital cartoons and scenic artwork, often using the iPad too with the Brushes Application, and as ChumleysArt becomes an official business this year, is now undertaking cartoons, illustrative commissions and artistic impressions.