I like to try new approaches when working, I tend to be quite spontaneous with my creative process. I find that ideas pop up out of nowhere, all of a sudden there is a hidden meaning that is clear as day, or a funny quip that takes me by surprise, so much so that I often find myself wondering where on earth it has come from. If I ever find myself staring at a blank white page I will splash some ink until I find an image I can develop, or close my eyes and draw from my imagination with my left hand.
I have a love for comic illustration, I love nothing more than finding a little corner in my local book shop and trawling through the independent art books. I take a lot of influence from these strange stories, particularly the bleak, heartbreaking melancholy that comic literature often centres around. I take inspiration from artists such as Jesse Jacobs, Amanda Vahamaaki and Brecht Evans.
You can probably tell, I am inspired by people. If I can find the time, I like to go sit in a cafe for a while. I get my paints out and spread myself out, taking in inspiration from the people passing through. I find a good rummage through magazines, books, travel imagery can get ideas flowing. The two girls above were taken from some fashion photography. Its simple and a bit of a cheat but it can be a great starting point if you are drawing up blank.
I was asked to illustrate this hilarious story written by Luke Kondor, if you can manage to read it (turn auto rotate off immediately) you will discover that it is about a beard and some tiny people that live in it. I can't say where I got the idea to make the image the story and the beard itself. Maybe I was being incredibly clever, maybe I was being a pain in the arse. I'll let you decide. You can check out more of Luke's work here: http://www.lukekondor.com/
Whatever I do has to be accompanied by music. If there is no sound, it's not happening. Obviously I can't take my records to the studio so thank god for digital times.
I've noticed that classical music is really good for working with clay, I wonder if it's because its such a intricate and focused process. Maybe the fact that the music is so structured, it somehow focuses the brain. Yet, when I am painting canvas, I'd probably be more likely to listen to soul or funk. I'd love to experiment with sound somehow, maybe this will be a future project...