Monsieur Cabinet [monsieurcabinet]
What is your specialty in illustration?
minimal line drawings, puns and wordplay
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
professional, supportive and passionate. illustrations
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
yes, I studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
Via an agent, illustrations for Starbucks
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Glen Baxter, Roderick Mills
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Used to draw Shredder from the turtles all the time, I don't draw him any more
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
I am consistent but like to explore alternative solutions depending on the brief
What is hardest to draw?
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Boston, Styx, Knight Ranger, 38 Special and the theme from the Kirate Kid
Do you have a favorite work of art?
of mine? no, of someone elses? no
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
ask for constructive feedback, what changes need to be made and provide possible alternative solutions
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
a bit of collage and mono-printing
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
i draw first then scan, tweak if needed in photoshop to adjust composition
What research do you do for your illustrations?
read books, watch films, listen to the world
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
yes, my friend Matt is great at tricks
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
freelancing fulltime, working with nice people
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
i don't believe there are any specifically for illustration that are any good. the best is theaoi.com
What are you working on now?
a logo and calendar, self-promotion and typographic posters
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
find someone who is willing to pay you for your drawings, spend the money on nice things