Meet Josh Neal, our new staff illustrator. Except ‘new’ is a sort of fiction, as Open Pen back copy aficionados will know (that may just be our editor). Josh first illustrated for Open Pen’s front cover way back when he pitched for our Issue Three winning short story Stories by Eddie Willson. Since then, we’ve had some great illustrations adorn our covers, twice courtesy of a winning author themselves, in fact, but Josh Neal’s illustrations truly feel like the snuggest fit for Open Pen, which is why all future editions of Open Pen will come with his unique drawn style of thick black lines and flooded pastels… we love it.
Josh graduated from the University of Plymouth with First class honours after studying Design: Illustration.
Since then he’s provided work for the likes of Ammo Magazine, AOI Images 36, Don’t Panic, 24 Hour Comic Etc, Fake Magazine, Mambo, Plymouth Short Fiction, Computer Arts Magazine, Puck Studio, Put A Egg on it, Pictoplasma, Secret 7 Records and a fair few more. His work was also a feature on Creative Review’s Pick of D&AD New Blood 2011, so it’s a delight to have him on board.
You can catch Josh’s next illustration for Akis Papantonis’ Issue Eight story The Very Short Journey Of Mr. R in just a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for news on that.