As a keen cartoonist, Duncan illustrated his first book at the tender age of sixteen before applying his design skills to the animation industry. He trained as a 2D animator at UWE Bristol before finding regular animation work for TV comedies with the BBC as well as a wide range of children's TV programmes and websites.
His illustration style uses vector graphics, bold textures and naturalistic colours, whilst conveying an irreverent sense of humour.
When not drawing or tinkering on a computer, Duncan tries to keep up with his energetic springer spaniel and can often be found with an SLR taking close up pictures of stone walls and rusting metal to add to his ever-increasing library of textures.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Duncan: I have always been fond of drawing for as long as I can remember. My parents would watch me lying on the living room floor for hours, doodling away in my sketch pads. Like any young boy growing up in the 80's I had a wealth of pop culture icons to inspire me, but drawing Star Wars characters was by far my favourite pastime. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Duncan: I attended the three month animation course at UWE, Bristol. My path into animation and illustration was far from orthodox. I studied English and American Studies at Swansea University and was all set for a post-grad course in journalism, then the little 8 year old boy inside me said 'nah, this isn't for you.' Question: Where are you originally from? Duncan: Born in Lincoln but moved around a lot due to my Dad's role in the Royal Air Force. We tended to live on air bases which, again, proved massively inspirational to me as a young lad. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Duncan: I currently live in Bristol and I've been here for over 11 years now. I was drawn here by the animation course and Bristol was a hotbed for animation at the time so it was only natural that I stay there. Plus, I love the city. Not too small to get bored in and not so big to be daunting. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Duncan: I work in a shared studio at Paintworks, just off the Bath Road in Bristol. There's a plethora of creative companies here. I share a space with Sun & Moon Studios, whom I work with occasionally.
Question: How do you get your ideas? Duncan: When not directly referencing film or TV icons, my ideas just come tumbling out of my head like a kind of visual enema. I enjoy taking people or animals from everyday situations and putting them in a bizarre or incongruous context. Anything that has an irreverent humour to it tickles my fancy. Question: Do you collect anything? Duncan: I do have quite a sizeable collection of clockwork tin robots with a smattering of Rocky action figures. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Duncan: I really like hiking whether over hills or through forests or along coastal paths. I try and get outdoors as often as I can. When you're hunched over a computer monitor most of the time, you yearn for fresh air. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Duncan: I would probably go back to 1999 and meet George Lucas. I'd show him a vision of what the future would hold if he persisted with the production of Star Wars: Episodes I-III in a kind of Dickensian ghost of Christmas yet to come way. If that didn't work, I'd have to do something unmentionable to his fingers so that he couldn't write the scripts at all.
SquareMile.com, RCSLT, Computeractive, Scholastic, Aardam Animations, Brothers McLeod, Sun & Moon Studios
Art Equipment: Wacom Intuos range or Copic Multiliner pen
Food: Pork Belly, the crispier the better
Market: St Nicholas Markets