How would you describe what you do?
I’d describe my job as a process of turning an amorphous idea or concept into a visual, to fit a variety of functions. It could be for promotion and marketing or just for the amusement of other dum-dums on the internet who share my sense of humour.
The work itself first involves roughing out these concepts in a sketchbook. Typically at this stage the image can go through multiple revisions, then I send the roughs to the client and we talk over the idea. I probably spend over half my day in front of the computer, but I still draw everything by hand before moving to tablet for inking and colours.
I always felt that I wasted a lot of time in my mid-twenties, as I never had this pegged as my career. I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do, but when I started drawing it really filled a void; there’s a feeling of elation when I’m drawing. It’s an often surprising and (creatively, not financially) rewarding career.
What does a typical working day look like?
Myself and my wife have just had a baby, but I try to keep normal office hours of 10am to 6.30pm. This pace means I don’t burn out as easily as I did in the past when I’d stay up until 2am. It also means I have a tonne of personal projects on the back burner.
I work from home in a converted spare room. I’m here 90% of the time, but I like to get out for a run at lunch with the dog and move around a bit. From time to time I go out to meet clients and I really love that, it’s a chance to convey ideas and share your passion for the project.
There’s a lot of administration to do in between the fun drawing bits so that probably eats half a day a week – keeping on top of invoices, client meetings, website stuff. At the minute I’m working on a new comic book I’ve written in between client work; I’m determined to have it done by 2018!