Throwback to the interview I did with @cicada_wheels a few weeks ago.
(The picture is tattoo training skin)
What made you want to become an illustrator or artist?
I’ve always drawn, it’s kind of how I process emotions and thoughts (words have never been my strong suit).
I find solace in making things, and I’ve been really lucky that my parents embraced that and pushed me in that direction.
I think in a lot of ways this is just who I am and is a very natural process, not so much something I worked towards or decided to become, it’s just what I do for better or for worse.
Not gonna lie though, I’m not massively comfortable with calling myself an artist as I don’t feel I have a message to communicate, or an illustrator as it’s not exactly how I pay the rent (if I did I would have zero problem with that, and the day will come… hopefuly).
I just draw because it’s what makes me happy and keeps me sane really.
What about your earliest influences and what are your Icons in art now?
My father makes custom motorbikes, so I guess I grew in that kind of dark, goth, lowbrow aesthetic really, and always stuck with it on some level.
As a kid, I guess MC Escher and the surrealists were favourites, but I’ve always been into fairly classic painters , Caravaggio and Courbet are big favourites.
On a more contemporary level, I love the Chapman brothers and the irreverence of David Shrigley.
I also have a real thing about people who manage to use absolute natural beauty to express emotions, Jan Fabres and Kate Mc Guire are my favourite sculptors at this time
Technique and artistic process.
I mainly work with the smallest paintbrush I can find and ink , all black and white.
I ‘d love to explore other techniques and (maybe?) colour as soon as I have a bit more spare time , if that ever happens.
I usually sketch first thing in the morning before going to work, my most productive time for some reason, still fresh from the meanderings of the night.
But i just draw whenever I have time really… (Continued in the comment section)