First of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
I’m doing 2 big client commissions at the moment in Canada, though I’m working from London.
One is a graphic novel, which is totally awesome as I’ve wanted to draw a comic book since I was about
10yrs old. The other is a billboard campaign for a public audition for a movie.
Although its busy days I’m slowly hatching plans for a sizable personal project that involves all the things
I love, including film posters, pschycadelia, pulp novels etc, but I don’t want to give too much away at this point.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: where is home, and how long have you been an illustrator?
I’ve been an Illustrator for just over 3 years, my home is my family and they live in South Wales,
which is where I’m also from. I’ve lived in London for 13 years, and at present live in North London
where I also have a studio.
Who’s the first illustrator that comes to your mind in a second?
Audrey Kawasaki, as I was just reading a blog on her work.
When you were 13, what did you want to be?
Me right now.
What inspires you and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?
Being outdoors, the roof terrace at the studio is pretty awesome to just sit and breathe.
Walking and biking around, (not thinking), helps free any tension and I’ll find somewhere nice and start
writing. That’ll normally do it.
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
Pure energy, i feel warm, hugely inspired and I have a real springy feeling about me.
Tell me a song that has haunted you
She, Charles Aznavor.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to
Paint a few walls in NY.
Something you want the world to know about you
You aint seen nothing yet.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people
I find people that are unreliable such a waste of time and energy, I trust a lot in people and have a lot
of belief in people’s convictions. But I’d rather be pissed off than give up on others and be closed minded.
Your idea about social networks
I wouldn’t be where I am now without them –
Myspace was such a huge platform for my work and a great way to get my work seen globally and make contacts.
How many hours do you work in a day?
Sometimes 6 sometimes 16, it really depends.
How could you describe that precise moment….The one that makes you say: “Yes! This is great! I did it! I got it!”
I’ve had a fair few moments like that, and they keep coming from winning Secret Wars live art tournament in 2007 as the only girl entry, and again in Barcelona a year later. Seeing my main stage artwork at Big Chill Festival surrounding Massive Attack and Thom Yorke, to Art Directing a huge project for the 2011 LYNX campaign in February. To describe the moment is like heart racing, pure adrenaline, not only is it exciting, but it reinforces that all the hard slog, the heartache and years of free work was worth it all and you think, “maybe I can make it!”
Before you put your work “out there”, do you have it critiqued by someone else, or do you just go with what your heart tells you is right?
It sounds really funny, but I show my Mum, have done since I started, that’s why I originally created a Flickr account so she could check in.