5 & 3/4 Questions
1. Describe yourself and your work.
I’m bald, bespectacled, and bearded. My work is idea-led, witty, playful, simple, and colorful. Someone once described it as “smart cheek,” which I liked.
2. How did you get started?
I spent 13 years as an advertising art director, and then worked as a creative director. Halfway through my career, I became frustrated with the kind of work we were being offered, so my advertising partner and I found our own client outside of our agency’s roster. That client was the V&A Museum of Childhood. We wrote some ads, I illustrated them, the museum bought them, our agency entered them into awards, they won, I got an illustration agent, I parallel-tracked two careers, I got pneumonia, I spent a week in hospital contemplating my own mortality, I quit advertising, I became an illustrator.
3. What piece of work best represents you and why?
Some would say the ejaculating mouse I created for Time Out, because I have a dirty sense of humor and I love visual portmanteau, simplicity, and making people laugh with my work. I would say it’s more nuanced than that. My style subtly changes all the time, so it’s difficult to pick a piece that definitively represents me. I can love pieces of my work and then fall out of love with them just as quickly. As a rule, I generally love the thing that I have most recently completed, but just as I am not the person I was when I was 18, nor does the work I used to make fully represent me now.
4. What are you into currently?
I’m currently into animation. I’ve written a short animated sketch show that’s currently in production called The Pâté Picture Show. I’m really enjoying writing again and the process of discovering and deciding how my images should move.
5. What are three things you’ve learned that young creatives should know?
Work hard, be nice to people, use the fear.
5¼. Favorite color? I have favorite combinations of colors—currently c0 m100 y50 k0 with c0 m10 y100 k0
5¾. Pet peeve? Oh, where do we start? People who pause before they get on escalators. People who voted for Brexit. People who just stop dead in the street for no reason. People who walk in the street whilst looking down at their phones. People. And rewiring light switches.
August 30, 2016
Photograph of Pâté: Nigel Davies