How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve been freelancing full time since 2009. After the 2008 financial crisis I was downsized from my ultra fun in-house position where I had been creating art for gift-bags. I really enjoyed my time there, I got to spend most of my time drawing Santas and snowmen. I was sad to leave that job, but it was a blessing in disguise. It allowed me to focus on freelancing which had always been my goal.
What can your work be applied to commercially?
I’m naturally inclined towards cuteness and humour. This makes me well suited to almost anything in the children’s market. I’ve done work for children’s magazines, picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle-grade books, and have even done work on some iPad apps. Board games and packaging are something I haven’t done yet, but I think would be really, really fun.
Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
Picture books are my absolute favourite to do. They really are like interactive art. But anything for kids really.
What inspires you?
That’s an easy answer, definitely my two young daughters. I get so much joy out of introducing them to the books, movies, and games that I loved as a kid. And I really like discovering new favourites alongside them. I never knew that I would grow to enjoy My Little Pony so much (my favourite is Twilight Sparkle).
Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I’m a ninja. No really, I am, sort of. I have a black belt in Bujinkan Budo Taijitsu. I like to let my clients know this. I find that it helps to get my invoices paid on time.
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
My wife makes an AMAZING turkey-meatball sub. Everyone should have a chance to try it before they die, it really is that good.