So what actually are you ?
I guess if I say I’m an artist it just about sums up everything.
You wouldn’t say you’re specifically an illustrator then – or a cartoonist?
Well, yes, I’m both of those things. I get commissioned to illustrate texts for books, my images appear on book covers and on websites, my art has been printed on t-shirts, on tote bags, paper cups and even made into vinyls for shop windows.
There is also an element of cartooning in what I do in that a lot of my work has humour behind it. Having said that, there can a darker edge too but the dark side only comes out if the commission requires it – and I almost always know exactly what the commission requires.
That’s a bold statement.
I have been doing what I do for around 25 years now so I suppose I have developed a good sense for what’s needed.
And who have you worked for ?
Clients have been refreshingly diverse and include Department Store For The Mind, Quarto Publishing, IPC Media, DK, Supafrank, John Brown Media, The Telegraph, Time Out, Private Eye, ES Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Solicitor’s Journal and The Globe and Mail.
Do you always draw in pen and ink?
I love drawing in pen and ink. I’m just so at home with it. I love the way the split nib and the pressure applied causes the varying line width. I also really enjoy the fact that you’re always a little bit out of control if you use a dip pen. You never really quite know how things are going to turn out.
I have been doing some live illustration for workshops and talks at The University of Surrey, recently. I use marker pens or fibre tips in both of these instances. I also draw on screen which is quick and easy.
Do you do any other kind of work?
Yes, I create organic abstract designs which I sell as fine art giclees. They take absolutely ages to complete, sometimes months. This is because I do them in stages and put them up on the wall for weeks in between each stage. I find I need to do that in order to assess the composition and get it perfect. They are for sale here.