What medium do you use?
I tend to doodle with my fountain pen, sketch with a Uni-ball micro – it runs out less often and I don’t worry about losing the fountain pen. My current artwork tends to be a mix of watercolour or gouache, and dip pen with Indian ink.
Which watercolours and gouache do you use?
My favourites are Winsor & Newton and Daler Rowney Artists quality.
What is your favourite colour?
Prussian blue - so versatile like Indigo. I also adore Windsor and Newton's Payne's Gray... it has a very blue cast and is incredibly useful.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I look at things, listen, read, and generally suck it all in like a sponge and out it pops!
What are you reading now?
Back issues of Selvedge – such great articles, full of fabulous photos and illustrations – I bought a wee pile the other week and I'm working my
way through them ...slowly.
What is your all time favourite movie?
No hesitation - Ninotchka, Garbo, I LOVE that film!
Cup of tea, sit on the couch, pull up the blanket and press play. I saw this on the big screen at the Liverpool Philharmonic on the 27 November 2006.
Where do you buy your art supplies?
Mostly on line these days as I find it hard to get the quality I want locally. I use Schoellershammer 4G Line & Wash board – like the old illustration board – which I get from Ken Bromley https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/ and I buy the paper version for spot illustrations from www.pegasusart.co.uk/
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
I tend to paint and draw, then scan and manipulate, although I'm quite happy to do digital work too.
What colour combination are you most excited about right now?
Hmmm ...l'm loving lime green, a hot pink and sunshine yellow and taupe ...as you can see them in the 'Stop sowing –
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
A ‘Jumper outer’ or a shelf filler at Tesco’s?!
Seriously I can’t think of anything I’d rather do!
What is a Jumper outer?
You go on a ghost walk and the ‘Jumper outer’ jumps out and gives you a fright!
What would your dream illustration job be?
Almost anything for the V&A, love that place, so full of inspiring stuff! Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – would be great to do something for them again. Royal Academy poster or product, illustrations for Selvedge, Resurgence & Ecology magazine, Home decor products for Midwest CBK.
What do you do in your spare time?
Bake bread, make chutney, jelly and sew. I'm currently working on a patchwork bedspread, all sewn by hand using patches from my, and my mum's, sewing projects ...going way, way back. Oh, and I get mucky in the garden!
Who is your favourite cartoon character?
From the sublime to the ridiculous – Daffy Duck – such a Looney!
What was your favourite illustration assignment?
Right now I'd have to say the one above – it was course work for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp this spring – I really struggled with the initial idea, but after talking to a friend in the Facebook group it all came together and now it's most definitely my favourite piece!
My second favourite is this wee tortoise I drew for friend who Feng Shui'd our house last summer.
Because he taught me a
...to accept imperfections!
What do you listen to while you work?
BBC Radio 6 – makes me work quicker – Radio3 for the classical, it helps me think.
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
How do you stay in shape?
Yoga, Tai chi and more yoga.
What is your current favourite font?
Good one Hmmm… I've always loved Gill Sans Light, think of the SAVOY, Optima is fabulous too, but right now I’d have to say Calibri, it's superbly drafted. I must also admit a passion for Japanese Kanji and Kufic script because they are so incredibly beautiful.
What is your favourite cheese?
Hard one… ha, ha, unintended pun …Ol Sciur. It’s a blue-veined Italian goat's milk cheese covered in a mixture of red fruits and rose petals… sounds very arty, but it's very nice!
If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be?
Jules Holland - but he'd have to bring his own piano because we haven't got one!
If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Gosh! Um, Watermelon Crush – quick google, taken – Crimson glory – nope – RESPECT – does it have to be original?!
Do you wear shoes when you do art?
Looks down at feet - Never!