How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve been working as a freelance Illustrator for just over 3 years and a graphic designer for the past 14. I also run the Illustration resource website www.zero2illo.com
How reliable are you?
Having worked in a busy corporate environment as an in-house designer and as a freelancer in Illustration, I’ve developed a very professional work ethic. As a parent of a 3 year old I’ve also become a bit of an expert in time management, prioritising and laser focus when things need to get done
What can your work be applied to commercially?
As a wildlife Illustrator, my work can be applied to children’s books, wildlife magazines, food packaging (where wildlife themes are required), eco tourism and conservation organisations (all my work is created using recycled magazines), zoos and aquariums and to editorial assignments where the subject matter relates to nature, conservation and wildlife.
Who are your top clients?
My favourite client to date has probably been the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA) for whom I designed and Illustrated a commemorative poster print. With WAZA being a global conservation organisation and me a wildlife Illustrator, it was great to work on a commission where I’m passionate about the message and cause I’m Illustrating for.
Apart from illustration what other skills do you have?
Graphic Design, Website Design and Development and I make a mean gluten free brownie too!
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
It would have to be a crusty cheese roll with lashings of butter, dipped in to a bowl of tomato soup. Mmmmmmmm
Jonathan will also be hosting the inaugural zero2illo LIVE one day Illustration Conference on 10th November 2012 in Nottingham, UK.