Hey man, just discovered your work, really cool stuff! Just wondering, that series with the plane, boat, legs, and truck with painterly strokes: is that all digital or real media? Thanks!
It’s completely mixed - underlying sketch was on paper, I added some perspective lines in photoshop, printed then painted a lot of it and then re scanned, scanned more paint bits I drew/painted and adjusted all the colours in photoshop.
I was just fortunate enough to have seen some of your work. the ghost, the reaper, the rock and the hops in particular is brilliant. are you planning on doing more pieces like this? i get such a kick out of anything that's japanese inspired with a sense of humor.
Might carry on with this series further down the line - it’s purely personal work so it comes in between jobs or in my own time which is not easily found sadly. I am and often work on other jobs with a similar japanese inspired elements - I’m sure there will always be a good amount of it around as it’s some of my favorite art :)
How much and to what extent do you use reference images for your illustrations?
Differs for each job - Naturally some jobs or subjects require more accurate results but for the most part I’ll gather some anatomy ref’s (nude study/anatomy drawing) if drawing people, gather style refs of things I like (anything from patterns to clothing, type, colours etc) and use these as rough refs.
How did you feel when you first went into freelance illustration? I really want to freelance full time but it seems so much more riskier than a steady job. :/
No doubt its riskier but also more rewarding. Same as everything in life, if you obsess and put everything into im sure it works out. Hard work > skill, all day. I kinda transitioned into it from a full time job, it just snowballed big time.
Key is to have a theme song - http://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914 , if you want it, do it - I’d rather fail than regret not trying personally..
what is some of your music for getting inspired? if not music what do you use to get inspired ?
totally dependant on the mood! I love all sorts of music but for some reason some good old school hip hop/rap or 80s stuff gets stuff moving pretty quick. tumblr is pretty sweet for inspiration also as well as the endless supply of material on lifehack.org about procrastination and productivity usually sorts it out
Post below prolly answers this but also to add to it: Drawing is definitely one of those things that you get rusty at, i read once from another illustrator that you should draw every moment you can, be obsessed - I started doing so years back and it really helped. Doesn’t have to be perfect or specific, just keep the ideas/flow/process of it going as much as you can.
Wow, your blog is fabulous! Since when do you practice drawing?
thanksss! I drew lots when i was a child, always shoes - i tried to take art at high school but dropped out after 3 weeks when they gave me a piece of fruit to draw - all i wanted to do was draw was cool shit (skateboards, batman, pray mantis and variations of reebok shoes).
how do you find your clients? you randomly send portfolios to agencies or what?(I adore your works by the way!! <3)
I have an agent who represents me through EU and USA (debutart.com) who sources alot of work but also alot I think I just get via word of mouth/social media/blogs etc. Prolly a 65/35 ish mix of the two (65 being the agent). Have a nice day ~