What tools do you use most for your work?
I do all of my sketches in an A5 sketchbook. Then I compose my final plans using the sketches in Photoshop, print out the plans, and use an A3 light-box to trace the final image using Crayola coloured pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromos onto paper, before taking it back into Photoshop for colour correction and to clean things up if necessary.
What inspires your work? How important do you think it is to land on a particular style as a creative?
People are usually the biggest source of inspiration, whether directly or indirectly, which is why the majority of my work – paid or personal – is figurative. I first started drawing in my current style for a one-off illustration in university while I was trying to make something in an overtly-retro style. Though that style has kind of disappeared, there was something about coloured pencils that made my work look more ‘complete’ than other materials.
I don’t think sticking to one style is necessary for everyone, but it is helpful for potential commissioners to get an idea of what they’ll get. Also, even if you do stick to one style, you’ll still find that it develops over time as you approach different projects.
Is there a resource that has particularly helped you?
Instagram has really been the biggest help to me, but whatever social media platform you are most comfortable on should be able to function in the same manner. Curate the accounts you follow to develop a source of inspiration and motivation, and also keep track of the work that other people are making and who is commissioning them.