Can you recall the first time you realised that creating was something that you just had to do?
When I was a young lad I used to get free old comics from my auntie who used to run a news agent and when she was clearing out the stock room she’d send them to us.
I quickly became obsessed with Marvel and 2000AD comics but it was Sonic The Hedgehog comics that really hooked me and I used to copy all of the characters.
It was at this point that I knew I wanted to become an artist/illustrator… or a hedgehog that can travel faster than the speed of sound.
Do you have any peculiar routines or rituals when it comes to creating your work?
Not especially although I believe many of my best ideas come to me when I’m daydreaming in the shower.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given with regards to your creativity/work?
Never give up! Persistence is key and you can always improve. I’ve never had a real natural talent for illustration but I love creating so much that I’ve pushed myself until I’ve been able to make a living from it.
Also pinterest now makes it very easy to compile inspiration and I think its especially useful to be inspired by current trends and your peers as you’re starting out.
I really like your style of illustration, Could you give any insight in to your creative process, and how to you go from concept to finished project?
I’ll always start with a sketch, regardless of how rough it is I always need that as a starting point. That sketch will usually come from a germ of an idea and will evolve as I create.
I have recently started using a wacom cintiq tablet which has sped up my creative process significantly. I tend to warp and adjust the proportions of my sketches digitally and then move into adobe illustrator. I’ll usually create any hard outlines in illustrator with the pen tool for precision and then the shading and organic work is done with a wacom and blob brush tool.
What’s the favourite piece you’ve created/favourite project you’ve worked on?
I get to work on a lot of movies through Red Central who are the company I work for, these are usually awesome. Im currently working on the Aquaman movie which has proven to be great fun. I’ve also recently finished work on a few Marvel projects which have also been great. In general I just love projects where I’m given creative freedom, these tend to be where I push myself the hardest.
Do you have any advice for a budding graphic designer/illustrator?
As mentioned above, persistence is key! I’ve found as with most things the harder I’ve worked the more opportunities have presented themselves. I think experimenting with different styles is also key and to try and not box yourself in. But all in all just enjoy yourself and your passion will follow. I always thought that if my younger self was told that he’d be drawing pictures for a living he’d have lost his mind and that drives me every day!