Meet Illustrator Paul Pateman

August 11, 2015



Have you ever wanted to just push the reset button on your creative career?


That’s exactly what creative director-turned-illustrator Paul Pateman did. One morning in 2012, he was about to leave for work when he made the decision. “My wife came through the door and said, ‘What are you doing?’ and I just sat on the end of the bed, going, “I just can’t do it anymore. I can’t do it,” he says in the introduction to the latest episode of InFrame.


The second installment of Format’s documentary series was released today, this time featuring the British freelance illustrator, better known for his alias, Pâté — a childhood nickname that stuck after someone mispronounced his last name. Click here to see the first video on photographer Jessica Lehrman.


Pateman was once a creative director for agencies such as BBDO and TBWA\London, but after 13 years in the ad world, an unexpected and debilitating bout of pneumonia led him to reevaluate his life. He gave up his job as a CD, returned to his lifelong love of illustrating, and now counts Discovery Channel UK, MOO and Virgin Media among his clients.


Pateman’s time in advertising is no doubt what makes him so successful at distilling complex concepts into vibrant, graphic and thoughtful drawings — these are often somewhat saucy (or even NSFW). In his “Cock-A-Doodle” series, Pateman works his way through an alphabet that is less than appropriate for the likes of Sesame Street.


Dutch filmmaker Bas Berkhout once again shot the footage for the mini documentary. Watch it below, and see some examples of Pateman's work.


InFrame - Paul Pateman from InFrame on Vimeo












August 12, 2015


Beautiful work, and an inspiring story. ~ heidi


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