As an illustrator, he has worked for just about everyone, on just about almost everything, almost everywhere. The advertising illustrations for "Jurassic Park" for Stephen Spielberg in Los Angeles, the sets for "Sunset Boulevard" for Andrew Lloyd-Weber in Frankfurt. Advertising commissions include "Coca Cola" in Atlanta, "Southern Sun hotels" in Cape Town and video game artwork for "Nintendo" in Chicago. Designs and visualizations for original theme parks in the United Arab Emirates and China, "Spiderman" games for MGA in Los Angeles and, over the past ten years, the aero-engine division of Rolls Royce in London has asked to illustrate nearly 50 pages for the magazine "Flight".
Among his recent projects is the creation of the gigantic illustration of the largest puzzle in the world, commissioned by Educa Boras in Barcelona. Incredibly large at 33,600 pieces and measuring 2 by 6 meters, it depicts a jungle scene brimming with detail. We also produced a set of covers for the "Armchair Reader" series of paperbacks published by Publications International in Illinois, as well as the 21 covers of the "Famous Five", the classic series by Enid Blighton. Saatchi & Saatchi's in Sidney has just commissioned a series of Toyota Landcruiser illustrations for the 2015 Sidney Motor Show and Seaworld in the US has just commissioned a poster for its new "Turtle World" themed water park in San Diego.
Chesterman also illustrated book covers for Jackie Collins, Jack Higgins and Dick Francis, numerous children's books on dinosaurs and an illustrated children's encyclopedia. He has illustrated countless music album covers, including "Bomber" for Motorhead, "The Meaning of Life" for the Monty Python Crew and "The Road to Hell" for Chris Rea. He also illustrated an animated music video for Eurythmics' "Baby's Coming Back" and even built and painted an actual skull-shaped guitar for the new romantic band "Adam and the Ants".
The portrait is another of Chesterman's artistic directions. Previous commissioners include Prince Adan Czartoryski-Bourbon, cousin of King Juan Carlos of Spain, Mikael Baryshnikov, the ballet dancer, a certain captain of the Welsh Guard, a few Hollywood actors, countless children, cats, dogs and a horse called George. Oh... and a nude portrait of "Wolf", the television "gladiator", which somehow ended up on page 5 of a national daily, but the less said, the better!
Chesterman had his first exhibition of paintings at Liberty's in Regent Street while still at the Royal College of Art. He subsequently exhibited at the Center Pompidou in Paris and at the Gallerie Schémes in Lille, France, at the International Contemporary Art Fair at Olympia, at Spinks, at Kensington Town Hall and at the BBC Center in London, at the Batey Gallery in Singapore, at the Madison Gallery in Los Angeles and in many countries in Spain. He has appeared on The Riverside Show, 01 for London, Artrage and other arts programs in the UK, as well as TV shows in Spain.