What led you to become an illustrator?
My love of colour and the desire of freedom to do work in my own style.
Did you study illustration at college?
I studied Graphic Design & Illustration at what was then the Kent Institute of Art & Design in Maidstone. It’s now part of the UCA.
Where did you grow up?
A few different places! I was born the USA and before I was 12 we lived in America, Portugal and the UK. Some of my strongest childhood memories are from our time living in California and then moving back to Essex. Even back then I was aware it was quite a depressing move!
Describe your studio
It’s upstairs in our smallest bedroom. It’s at the back so comparatively quiet, gets quite a lot of light and most importantly gives me enough room to put all my snacks within arm’s reach.
Do you have any studio pets?
A little Geordi la Forge from Star Trek sits in front of me and keeps me in line.
Who or What is your biggest inspiration?
The 1960’s. The whole aesthetic, colours, general feeling of people breaking free after being confined for the previous 20 years.
How do you get your ideas?
Usually from something I see online or in a book can spark something, like a particular colour or shape that I haven’t used before that I fancy trying out. Computer games and TV/movies also give me a lot of inspiration.
Do you collect anything?
Yoshis. The small, usually green, dinosaur from the Mario computer games. I must have over 25 of them now.
What are your interests outside of illustration?
Music, playing computer games, travel, trying out some basic DIY.
What is the first record you bought?
‘What’s the Story Morning Glory’ by Oasis. Bought on cassette for £8.99 from Woolworths. This whole sentence makes me sound about 100 years old.
What would be your dream job/commission?
Magazine/billboard advertising for a big name gaming brand such as Sony Playstation. To be able to see my work large scale would be cool and to illustrate their gaming characters in my colourful style would be great!
What makes a really good client brief?
The more detail the better and with a clear vision of what they want to achieve.
Who is your design hero?
I think what Mary Quant did with 60’s fashion was pretty revolutionary.
Who is your musical hero?
The Beatles. More specifically Paul McCartney who is a bona fide genius.
Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas?
Under no circumstance do I stay in my workroom. I need to go for a walk or sleep or do anything not related to work. I then usually suddenly get an idea out of nowhere.
Have you any hidden talents?
If I had a talent for anything other than being creative I wouldn’t keep it hidden.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
New York City.
If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Travel and buy multiple houses so I have various places to live depending on my mood. And then hire people to clean them.
If money were no object, would you continue to illustrate?
Yes. But only in between sleeping and furnishing my new multiple houses.