“My illustrations are based on simple principles of basic drawing skill and composition. They generally follow a traditional progression from concept-sketches to compositional rough to finished illustration. I work entirely digitally today, but with techniques I practiced for decades in traditional media — pencil and paper. I believe that careful composition and solid drawing are fundamental to good illustration”.
Edward Binkley has worked as a professional illustrator and concept artist for nearly three decades. He has illustrated and designed over forty book jackets and magazine covers, and his work has appeared in various juried publications and exhibits including ten editions of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
Edward Binkley holds BFA and MFA degrees in printmaking and drawing, and since 1995 to 2000 he has been a Professor at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 2000 to the present he works as a Chairman of the College's Animation & Concept Development Program.
Binkley’s work was juried into Print Magazine’s National Design Annual, and he was invited by the Society of Illustrators to participate in "The Best of Spectrum" exhibit at the Museum of American Illustration in New York.
In 2010 Edward Binkley was invited to participate in "Star Wars Visions", a project being developed by George Lucas and LucasFilms, Ltd., and his illustration for the project was selected for the Lucasfilms Ltd. debut poster unveiled at ComicCon International in San Diego. Binkley's work toured North America, Europe, and Japan with “The Book, Jacket, and Journal Show” of the Association of American University Presses, and he was awarded Best Magazine Cover Illustration at the 2000 annual convention of the Milwaukee Press Club.
In 2011 Edward Binkley won the Gold Medal Award in Spectrum 17 for his artwork "The Mouse's Return".
Currently he is working on new projects from LucasFilm and Disney Studios. He lives near Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and a big dog.