What is your specialty in illustration?
Black and White Pen / Ink Work or Pencil Illustration
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
They are great but they expect the moon on a stick. A nice stick.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
Some studies but mostly self taught
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
Word of mouth / family friend/ Involved doing a Liechtenstein-esque comic panel from a 1940s Superman comic.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Xia Taptara, and the bunch of fantastic artists I follow on DeviantArt
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Completely different. I sucked at drawing as a kid, I only mildly suck at drawing now.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
It varies a lot. Some people say when I stick to my preferred medium (pen and ink or Pencils) that there's some consistency there, but mostly I go for broke with variety.
What is hardest to draw?
Women, particularly the hips, legs and breasts.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
It varies, mostly trip-hop or ambient stuff
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Too many to mention but I really love Magritte's stuff.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I ask for more positive feedback or at least a hint of what they don't like about it and why
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
Pouring it on with digital tools, mostly Photoshop CS6 and the new painterly tools therein. Also recently discovered Manga Studio EX 4 which is absolutely sublime.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
It's about 50/50. If I hit a brick wall in either domain, I'll revert to the other. I often work on paper then scan and finish digitally anyway
What research do you do for your illustrations?
I try not to steal ideas or use too many references, I prefer to dig into my imagination but I'll always do bookwork, historical research, design research or failing that dive into internet image searches to pull out references where I absolutely have to use them.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
One or two acquaintances that I swap ideas and methods with.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To do it, a lot of it, a lot more, as much as possible.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
What are you working on now?
Currently hooked into drawing stuff inspired by Charles Addams
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Draw every single day, in fact do better than that, draw every spare moment you've got. Always carry a sketchbook and something to draw with. Always bounce ideas off kids because they're the most brilliant and most honest critics you'll ever encounter.