Look! An explorer in the bushes.
What was your key motivation in becoming an illustrator?
I have always loved illustration and while growing up, art and drawing were always my favourite things. I followed quite a natural creative path up to Edinburgh College of Art and originally began a degree in Graphic Design. After the first term I realised it wasn’t ticking the right boxes for me and switched to Illustration. This was when I properly realised I wanted to spend my time creating images as a job.
When are images stronger than words?
Often! Images let you make up your own mind and interpret something visual in your own way. I love reading comics and I find myself drawn more towards the ones that don’t have words. Like music, images are universal so it's quite powerful to be able to tell a story with just lines and colour.
What was your first break as an illustrator?
After I graduated I went travelling for a bit and then moved to London. Soon after that I was fortunate enough to be approached by a branding agency that were re-designing a Pizza Express restaurant in Westbourne. The theme for each restaurant is always based on the local area, and it turns out Westbourne is one of the happiest places to live in the UK. I drew 30 illustrations of people with the thing that made them happy- like a lady with her cat or a man, eating fish and chips. That was probably the first big project I was able to get my teeth into (ho ho).