Frequently asked questions
How do you start your character and illustrations?
Quite often my work is done in one drawing that just seems to fit perfectly. However, sometimes it can take many many drawings to get to just the right one. Each drawing serves as experience for the next one too, so with each character and illustration I make really I’m just practicing a little more for the next one I do.
Best thing to do is work really hard on your illustrations, make a website, let people know about your site and keep it updated regularly. If things don’t go so well to begin with don’t worry it can take ages for your genius to be recognised. The important thing is to keep working and showing your work wherever you can; exhibitions, competitions, magazines, fanzines, posters, flyers, tattoos etc…
The style I draw in is simply my natural way of drawing. It has become more refined over the years as anything would if you do it everyday. If there is a method / system of abstraction it is applied whilst drawing and thinking at the same time.
I hand draw pretty much everything and scan the work in. Sometimes I’ll use something like Live Trace in Illustrator to turn my black and white drawings into vector shapes.
I very very rarely trace around the drawing with a path. I’ve recently (late 2009) started using a Wacom Cintiq and am exploring what I can do with it - it’s a lot of fun and an amazing piece of hardware.
Once I had graduated from University (I studied Fine Art) I built a website and started to add my work to it. Every so often I’d email a few people I knew to let them know I’d updated it. The more people I met and chatting to about work, I’d email. Over the course of time my website had a lot of work on it and more people were becoming interested in the doodles. I picked up some jobs here and there, and when I wasn’t working, I just kept on practicing my drawing and adding to the site. There was never a big turning point when I suddenly got lots of work, it just all slowly built up over time.Do you plan out your composition before drawing on the wall?
Nope. I might have a rough idea in my head or very occasionally I’ll have a loose sketch in my sketchbook but most of the time I have no plan whatsoever, which for me, is part of the fun/challenge. Plans slow things down and it would be impossible to plan a really intricate work and then follow it when drawing on a big wall.
Generally I’ll use a Posca pen to draw out the piece on the wall. Then, depending on size, I’ll colour areas in with Poscas or cheap acrylic paint mixed with emulsion.
it wasn’t exactly the same but obviously related, my style has evolved over the years and will continue to do so (I hope). The way that I draw is linked to the way I write and sketch, think and speak. The style is built upon a natural way of working and was not designed or strategically worked out.
I didn’t. It was just the style I liked working in. Any success came later, for a long time there wasn’t much interest in it at all.
Sleep, run away, do something completely different. Straining causes pains so sometimes it’s just best to take a break and re-approach the problem later. A good lunch and a walk outside can solve most things.