What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I can’t remember exact wording, but it’ll be something John Williams said on my first 30 Day Challenge about not waiting til something is perfect to put it out into the world, and not worrying about having a complete plan in place – just try it, and see what happens.
Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds, Alison Bechdel.
Name something you don’t love, and why.
Needless waste, which is closely tied in with badly designed useless cheap plastic stuff destined for landfill.
What is your dream project?
The one I’m working on now! My graphic novel Two Shillings per Day, based on a true story from 1897, about an adventurous tailor, bicycles, camping, and Ireland.
What wouldn’t you do without?
My pencil case, containing wooden propelling pencil, fountain pen, and small notebook. (Also, I’m afraid, my iPhone which is such a vital connection to the world now)
Professionally, what’s your goal?
It would be amazing to be one of those people with a published book behind them, who gets asked to be a guest and speak at conventions!
What does “being creative” mean to you?
No idea. I’m not actually a creative person – I couldn’t come up with a story to save my life, and my comics are all rooted somewhere in real life.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I really enjoy using illustration to make complicated things easy to understand, and I think comics are a great way to question things that are wrong in the world without being too direct and offensive, and maybe get people to think. But also, I just enjoy making random stories of everyday life.
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
My very first comic was the result of seeing a horrid useless product for sale that I strongly felt never should’ve been made. I was so annoyed by it that I came home and drew a two-page comic about why it was so bad.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Carving wooden spoons! I bought the special knives three years ago after seeing someone do it, but still haven’t got round to trying it.