5 & 3/4 Questions





1. Describe yourself and your work.

I’m an illustrator, plain and simple. People give me words, and I turn them into pictures. I have more gray hairs than brown in my beard but none on my head, I love angles and perspectives, and I run. I have a highly stressed-out cat and a fun-loving 15-month-old boy.


2. How did you get started?

Accidental determination. I studied photography, then worked in London as a photographer’s assistant, realized that it wasn’t for me, started mucking about with a computer, put a folio together, made a top-ten list of clients I wanted to work with, phoned them, met them, and never looked back! 


3. What piece of work best represents you and why?

I hope that every piece of work pushes me forward. They all have pieces of me—my moods, I guess my mindset at the time I was creating them. Also, I listen to music a lot whilst working, so a lot of them are affected by that, and that in turn is affected by my mood, my favorite piece today will be different tomorrow—that’s why new briefs are so exciting: they give you the opportunity of creating your new best work.


4. What are you into currently?

Minimizing as much as possible. Tom at Handsome Frank [the agency that represents Matt Murphy] said a while back that I should use less in my illustrations, so I’m trying to do that: less whistles, more refinement.


5. What are three things you’ve learned that young creatives should know?

Breathe before emailing clients, stay calm and professional, and try to push yourself on every job.


5¼. Favorite color? I’m having a real color blank period at the moment, so none of them. Black and white may be the future.

5½. Favorite website? CricInfo and the BBC (yes, I am that interesting).

5¾. Pet peeve? Myself.

March 2, 2016

Illustrations: courtesy of Matt Murphy