BA Illustration & Visual Media - London College of Communication, 2023
Originally from Bath, Oscar Ling-Cottey is a junior illustrator and graphic designer currently living and working in London. Ever since he first picked up a pen and paper, Ling-Cottey has had an affinity for drawing, and has recently graduated with a First Class BA degree. He produces art prints, clothing and other media through his brand ONE BAD DAY. Being dyslexic, Ling-Cottey often struggles to put his thoughts and feelings into words, and so instead he prefers to turn them into works of art and let the work speak for itself.
Ling-Cottey finds pleasure in using conventional tools for much of his illustrative creations, but when it comes to his signature ONE BAD DAY illustrations, he embraces digital art for its user-friendly nature and virtually limitless creative possibilities. These illustrations are characterised by a simplistic, hand-drawn style and revolve around the brand’s mascot Obdob, who experiences various unfortunate situations that could be the catalyst to a bad day. While some depictions are inspired by Ling-Cottey’s personal experiences, others venture into more exaggerated and imaginative scenarios. No matter who you are, everyone falls on hard times, and by portraying such themes through his artwork, Ling-Cottey hopes to evoke feelings of unity and togetherness, as well as humour, because we could all do with a little laughter from time to time, particularly in today’s climate. As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine.