Billie is a he and not a she. He lives and works in Leytonstone in east London – the birth place of Alfred Hitchcock and David Beckham. He enjoys climbing trees, idling the hours away in second-hand bookshops, drinking ‘Blue Vanilla’ flavoured Slush Puppies, making chocolate rice crispy cup cakes, knitting tea cosies and oh yes, drawing with great skill.
Billie Jean works for clients like Nike, BBC, The Guardian, Nintendo, Guardian, Sony Walkman.
Billie Jean x Face This foundation
Billie’s bright artwork really matches the style of Face This. He made a great design for both men and kids!
Billie Jean about his T-shirt
‘It’s great to do something that is very different and that really makes a difference to kids’ lives. It was an absolute pleasure working with the Indonesian kids’ drawings and it was great to contribute, in a small way, to help them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.’
Billie Jean interviewed by the kids of the Asy-Syifa community center
A Face This T-shirt is a collaboration between Indonesian kids making drawings and top illustrative artists from around the world. When the final artwork from the artist was finished, we let the kids interview the artist. About their final T-shirt design and about life in general.
Zidan (11): Why is the picture a smile?
The word ‘smile’ was featured in a couple of the drawings and so it was really you kids, who inspired me to use it. Also, it’s an incredibly positive word that beautifully sums up the positive attitude to life and great things that you have all achieved.
Ariya Yudistira (9): What is your hobby?
My hobbies are gardening and cooking. I like to grow vegetables, that I later cook.
Dejan (9): What is your favorite food?
My favourite food has to be the classic British dish Fish & Chips.
Satria (6): What is your occupation besides making art?
Art is my occupation! I’m an illustrator and get paid for making drawings for book jackets, advertising campaigns, record covers, murals, brochures and yes of course…T-shirts!
Ariya (9): What is favorite object to draw?
I never tire of drawing people. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours!
Zidan (11): Since when did you start drawing?
I started drawing (or scribbling) as soon as I could pick up a pencil.