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I founded London Studio in a small internet cafe in Beijing China. At that stage I had backpacked overland from Singapore to China and was looking for a new challenge. The business was envisioned to be a full service design agency and planned in Russia while travelling on the trans-siberian railway. A month later in London, "London Studio" officially launched and proceeded to gain almost no traction.

3 months later with rapidly dwindling savings I was forced to find a job and luckily enough London's award winning Lewis Moberly was hiring. For the next few years I worked during the day as Lewis Moberly's senior artworker producing artwork for brands such as Johnnie Walker Whiskey, Baileys Original Irish Cream and the UK supermarket chain Waitrose. Every night I tried to develop my design skills and grow the business, with minimal success.

After two years living in London I left the UK and returned home to Wellington, New Zealand taking with me the experience, and connections from my time there. I noticed the growing trend that design agencies were outsourcing creative work or sharing it amongst offices in different countries and asked my self the question, why couldn't they outsource artwork as well?

With this in mind I took the plunge and once again focussed on London Studio full-time. 6 weeks later a potential client pointed out the offering a design and artworking service would be a conflict of interest. So with the encouragement of a mentor I stopped offering design services and focused solely on producing packaging artwork for design agencies.

Now I'm lucky enough to work behind the scenes for a handful of design agencies from as far away as London, and produce work regularly for some worlds most celebrated FMCG and Drinks brands, all from my humble studio in Wellington, New Zealand.

Ben Johnston
Artworker and owner of London Studio

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