No.1 What are you working on right now?
I try not to stick to any one genre and I am always looking to try new things and go in new directions, networking and connecting with other artists has resulted in some interesting work - from painting 200m of black netting 'monster skin' to large scale collaborative pencil drawings, joint exhibitions, workshops, book design, illustrated books and comix. Humour is central to my work and I look for opportunities to use absurd situations, games and concepts. Drawing is equally important to my practice and I am always trying to improve using observation and imagination. I think my 'voice' as an illustrator is developing now, making my work unmistakably mine but still a work in progress.
I normally start by gathering research and inspirational images. I tend to create boards on Pinterest of related material then I start sketching out ideas, filling books with strange doodles and unreadable notes. At this point it can go in many directions as I decide which style or media to go with. It depends a lot on the project, some personal projects become very self indulgent whereas when working for a specific brief I am always looking for best interpretation that allows me to be as creative as possible.
I always try to illustrate things that I have a genuine passion for. It is always obvious when someone really loves and knows their subject matter. As a child I was obsessed with dinosaurs and monsters, bugs, sea life and all kinds of natural history. There is a part of me that wants to scientifically catalogue the natural world , another part of me just wants to laugh at sheer absurdity of it all and another part is terrified of the answers we may or may not find.
I am now passing the Blog Tour baton onto Caroline Pedler and Pete Murgatroyd.
Caroline is an incredibly accomplished artist who shares a joy for pure expression, mark making and colour, harnessing through hard work and dedication the kind of creativity that just wells up out of you and makes beautiful things appear.
Pete creates unhinged comic universes full of weird psychopaths and psychedelic landscapes that convey hidden messages, thought processes and mind control like a death metal record being played backwards underwater.