ABOUT ED SHEERAN: A VISUAL JOURNEY

With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.

In the book, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, ‘x’. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.

With Phillip Butah’s distinctive portraits of Ed throughout, this is a unique book celebrating a unique musician.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST – PHILLIP BUTAH

In 1998, when he was 16, Phillip Butah was the youngest prizewinner in the competition Young Artists’ Britain: The Prince of Wales’s Young Artists’ Award. This encouraged him to take up art seriously, and he went on to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Phillip Butah is an outstanding draughtsman whose skills are particularly suited to portraiture. Apart from the accuracy and detail of visual appearance, Phillip’s drawings also capture the character and personality of the person in front of him.

Since he was a teenager, he has used himself as a model and sketched his own face from different angles and in different lights and colours. He is fascinated by the subtleties of the art of portraiture – especially how slight changes in the angle of a head, or in the use of a particular line, colour or texture, can affect the mood of a picture. So he often produces several drawings of a person to reflect different aspects of their character. There is an underlying humanity in his work. He lives and has his studio in the East End of London.

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