who are you and what you do?
I love being able to make a living by following my natural inclinations as an artist. It's constantly a challenge and there's lots of uncertainty, but I'm thrilled I've been able to keep at it. I write and draw comics: Capacity, The Understanding Monster (published by Secret Acres, Brooklyn) and An Exorcism (published by Kuso Komikss, Latvia. I self publish art zines: Imaginary Homework, Antidote, Logic Storm. And collaborate on comics with my young son: Werewolf Fireman Friend and Slime Duck. My woodcut fine art had been shown in galleries and museums internationally. I'm also the house artist for the London based record label, Astral Industries.
how do you work and make the great things you make?
My woodcut art is made pretty spontaneously. I cut out shapes and characters without knowing exactly how the finished piece will look, then I get to have a lot of fun exploring those shapes. Everything I do comes from my love of drawing and the immediacy and excitement of making something up as I go.
How did you get started?
I've always been an avid drawer. I started making comics as a way to unlock the stories hidden inside the weird imagery that naturally seemed to come out of my subconscious. I started doing the woodcut art initially because I got burnt out constantly framing art for shows, and now it's become an important part of my process.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
All over. A lot of my comics are inspired by dreams. I love ancient art, outsider art, and shapes and patterns in nature. I love to read. I'm always trying to be observant and open to inspiration.
What are you most proud of as an artist and business person?
I love being able to make a living by following my natural inclinations as an artist. It's constantly a challenge and there's lots of uncertainty, but I'm thrilled I've been able to keep at it.
Do you have any tips or suggestions for your fellow artisans and makers?
Make the art that only you can make. It might be eccentric and there might not be a ready made audience for it, but the art world needs more unique perspectives and originality.
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