The Manchester-based illustrator loves to create bold and colourful work, mixing together digital and analogue processes.
What’s your favourite tool?
Probably those black and yellow Staedtler pencils with the eraser on the end. Whenever I’m designing an image I will often just rework the same drawing until I’m happy with it, so a good pencil with a rubber is a real timesaver.
What techniques do you use most?
I often work on squared or dotted paper as my images are quite graphic, and it helps me when drawing shapes and with spacing. Once I’m happy with the image, I’ll then scan it and import it into Photoshop where I can work with colour, shading and textures. Working digitally makes it easier to perform changes and to play around with colour and composition.
What’s been your favourite piece you’ve created and why?
At the moment it’s my Lobster Rocket image. I was interested in the subject matter and that in turn made it more fun to work on. I also think it’s the image I’m most happy with so far in terms of shape, colour, texture, and so on.
What’s your dream job?
If I wasn’t working as a freelancer I’d love to own my own screenprinting studio or run a gallery showcasing illustration.
Lobster Rocket illustrates the similarities between space and underwater environments – both rockets and lobsters shed their outer shell in stages.
Crab Ship shows that both crabs and the Space Shuttle have exoskeletons to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure.
Angler Pod is a piece that highlights how astronauts and deep sea anglers both rely on light for survival.