Bill has worked for many Newspapers, Magazines, Advertising agencies, card companies and TV companies, including The Times, Telegraph, News of the World(Rich Cow), FHM, Punch, Hallmark Cards, BBH, DMB&B and Planet 24. Shoot magazine commissioned Bill to create a character to head the magazine called Shooty. Bill has also animated several adverts including the Berkerly Jacobs campaigns and Endowment Claims. Clips of these can be seen by clicking on his Animation portfolio below.
Question: What have been the professional highlights of your year so far? Bill: I'm working on a new animated TV series with Fat City Films. Storyboarding, writing and character designing. Also I have a range of Top Trump cards coming out before Christmas, which I have designed for Big Brother producer Shed Simove. Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Bill: I was working in animation drawing other peoples styles. There was a illustrator who freelanced for the studio I was working for. I wanted more artistic freedom, and I thought if she can do it, I blooming well can. Question: How do you get your ideas? Bill: I'm good at problem solving. Give me a brief and I'll work out angles to make it work. The best cartoonists are riddle solvers. Question: Do you collect anything? Bill: Money. Not very good at it. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Bill: Nope. I had a scrapbook when I was seven focusing on the great Kevin Keegan. Badly cut out pictures of him hitting Billy Bremner in the 1974 Charity Shield. Those scissors hurt my small fingers.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Bill: I did the Festival Guide. Lots of Cows and sheep to draw, plus some caricatures of music legends. Great fun. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Bill: One where I create characters and can write jokes/situations for them. I love engaging an audience. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Bill: Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Wallace Wood, Bill Elder, Gary Larson and Jack Kirby, that's all I can think of, but there are many more. Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Bill: Unwilling to commit to a personallity. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Bill: Working on the Big Breakfast, doing live TV trying to draw caricatures of people waiting in their cars at the traffic lights. I had 10 seconds tops to get something down before me and Keith Chegwin got ran over. He's a lovely fella btw. Question: What is your favourite game, computer or not? Bill: I'm playing Battlefield Heroes online at the moment. Gears of War 2's pretty darn fruity.
BB&H, PG Tips, Shoot, FHM, MAD, OECD, The Big Breakfast, Hallmark Cards, Paperhouse, The Times, Punch, News of the WorldFavourites
: My trusty clutch pencil.