Boredom is my main source of inspiration. I find that when I’m bored I get inspired by nearly everything. Nowadays, youngsters don’t take the time to be bored; they’re always busy with things that aren’t actually that useful, like gaming and what not.
I remember watching The Simpsons a long time ago; it was the episode where Homer shouts for Jebus to save him. About a year ago, while I was bored, I remembered that particular episode and I decided to make my own interpretation of the unseen Jebus. Since then, I have made three illustrations featuring Jebus. The second, ‘King Of The Beach’, is by far my favourite work because of its detail. It was an awful amount of work to get that many details in a vector illustration. I always try to push my boundaries when it comes to my technique. That’s why I work at an average zoom of 600% when illustrating, that way I’m able to put in all the detail I want. But I do realise most of it is lost due to the fact that the human eye can’t take in that much detail.
You can be the best painter, writer, dancer, baker or illustrator in the world, but nobody will know about your talent of you don’t share it. Being creative is more than just a talent, it’s hard work and I believe that if you’re truly talented and put in the hours then you owe it to yourself to share that with the rest of the world. It’s not about the finished work, it’s about the story and people love stories.
Taking time to reflect and think about your work is equally important as being creative. You should always try to evolve and reflect on your work and look back on what you did in the past. I think it is really important to see a rising curve in your work. I’m ashamed of the work I put online when I first started, but it’s important to put that shame into context and remember what you have learnt since then. I wouldn’t be the illustrator I am today if I wasn’t so critical of myself.
You should never be afraid of reinventing yourself, not only in technique but also when it comes to new devices or mediums you’re using. I recently switched from paper to a Samsung Galaxy Note and use a Wacom pen to sketch on it. It’s something new to me and I ask how I could use these technologies for my work?
I’ve only just switched to the Creative Cloud, but I like the Behance update and I’m discovering new features every day that are all really useful!