I've always drawn, and if you're young (around 5 or 6) and you find something you're better at than other people you know, you want to do more of it. Mostly I was inspired at first by 70s and 80s Marvel comics - that heightened sense of reality and the idea that anything is possible. I think I'm still chasing that.
Probably due to the early fascination with comic books, I've always been drawn to images which tell a story. It really doesn't matter whether it's a single piece or sequential storytelling, I want to know what's going on in a picture!
My style's really evolved over the past 10 years or so - I think I've found a bit more freedom rather than looking to see what everone else is doing. If I had to boil it down, I'd say I like to have clean, smooth lines; rich colours; plenty of texture. As for subjects, anything which allows me to take a regular idea in a slightly unexpected way is all I need!
I admire anyone who has the guts to do exactly what they want. Artistically, the likes of Hockney, Dave McKean, Paula Rego and Bill Sienkiewicz because they've never been afraid to experiment and not be bound by any preconceived style. I'm always hungry for the chance to push myself in new directions, work with new people. Mostly though, I just love to draw.
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