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Derek Bacon

Derek Bacon

Good to go on all Editorial, Publishing and Advertising work. All sorts possible! A versatile style combining photo-montage and digital painting: "I start with a pencil sketch to get the composition sorted, then go through my photo library for usable material, as well as shooting any new stuff. The main stage is working over the sketch: piecing together the various photo elements to gradually build up the finished scene in Photoshop. The end look I get ranges from the photographic to a more painted look--it all depends what is required for that job" said Derek helpfully...
Question: What drew you to illustration? Derek: Initially an experiment to see if it was possible to earn my living by making pictures. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Derek: No! Highly informal. Question: Where are you originally from? Derek: Heathrow. (Really). Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Derek: Poole in Dorset, England. I came here so I could raise my son in a more tolerable place than Jakarta, where I was living at the time. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Derek: It's a room in my house. It has two long worktops; computers at one end; two walls of picture books; illegible notes-to-self blu-tacked everywhere; me in the middle. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Derek: I think just feeling good is when you most feel like being creative, and hopefully that motivation coincides with a decent idea to work on. Also, seeing, reading or hearing something that seems ‘inspired’ makes you want to go and do likewise. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Derek: Diabolical but enjoyable (for me) piano playing. My Kaossilator, and recording everyday sounds. Some of my favourites I put at soundgrabs.com.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Derek: The Economist covers are always exciting to do, you pretty much have to drop what you’re doing and pull out all the stops for a day or so. And you never know if it’s actually going to be used or not; whether the lead story has changed, and they have gone with something else at the last minute. But then a few days later you see your picture down at Tescos and for a while everything seems alright in the world. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Derek: I'd be someone in the wrong kind of job. Question: Do you think anyone with Photoshop can be an illustrator these days? Derek: No more than someone with a synthesizer can make real music. It’s certainly good for hiding the joins. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Derek: David Hockney, Henri Rousseau, Grant Wood, George Tooker, Beryl Cook, Pieter Bruegel—to name but six. Question: Who are your musical heroes? Derek: Bob Wills, Franco Battiato, Kraftwerk, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bob Dylan, Paul Chauncy. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Derek: Hieronymus Bosch on the day he finished ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Derek: William Burroughs. Question: Who would you have play you in a movie? Derek: Dog the Bounty Hunter. Question: Which is the best Carry-on in your opinion? Derek: Probably Carry On Cleo, they were at the height of their powers when they made that one.
The Economist, The Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Maxim, Honda, Leo Burnett , Conde Nast

Café: My back garden. Or else my lounge
Gallery: The National Gallery, London.
Art Equipment/Tool: Biro, paper, Canon camera, Photoshop, Wacom tablet
Shop: Shopping spins me right out
Website: Andre Michelle Laboratory
Blog: Kenwood