Alan Vest is an image maker. It's all about the line, scratching pen on paper with energy yet precision. Incorporating a range of materials in his work and trying to keep the finish as raw as possible. Capturing the smudges, fingerprints and sausage roll crumbs are all important to making his images lively and characteristic. The illustrator has worked with international clients, and also collaborates with local bands, publications and galleries. Creative Review's Talentspotting scouted Alan Vest as one of eleven graduates as part of the Gradwatch scheme, in partnership with JCDecaux. This showcased artwork from chosen graduates on billboards nationwide. Vest created weekly illustrations for the column 'My Writing Day' in the Guardian's Saturday Review for almost two years.