Doodling has always been part of Chris’s life, and he has a true talent for expressing ideas and emotions in just a few lines and shapes. Originally from the Yorkshire town of Beverley, he studied Illustration at Loughborough University where he swapped his pens and pencils for a Mac with its vector graphics. He loves creating characters and worlds, and his influences include Oliver Jeffers, Tom Gauld, Owen Davey, Charles Huettner and Jon Klassen.
Drawing with vectors really suits Chris’s approach to art. He likes using flat, bold colours and strong, simple shapes with clean edges. Each element is meticulously constructed from smaller pieces of geometry, brought together to form anything from a five-eyed space worm to a yoga practitioner.
Chris’s work is fun, playful and a little bit zany. It’s always colourful and a little absurd. While his characters might have bandy limbs he has an underlying love of geometry, which is strong in the composition of his illustrations.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Chris: In primary school I made little comics to sell in the playground. I guess it was my first taste of the best job in the world!Question: Do you have any formal design training? Chris: Yes, I studied at Loughborough University for three fun years. I had some fantastic tutors and the best course mates you could ask for.Question: Where are you originally from? Chris: I'm from a great little market town called Beverley in Yorkshire.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Chris: I'm still up North, but looking to make a big move very soon!Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Chris: My studio is at home, where I've surrounded myself with tons of colourful stuff; my wall is plastered with friends' business cards, post-its, stickers and postcards, all to keep my brain ticking over whilst working.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Chris: Humour is a big inspiration for me. I like things that are absurd and a little bit awkward. For example, I love old vehicles and technology that looks ridiculous and outdated today; a computer that looks more like a toaster, or an old handheld video-game, where the console itself is more exciting than the game. Things like that give me ideas for all sorts of characters and worlds.Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Chris: No, but I do hoard a lot of little things, postcards, friends' business cards to cover my wall, as well as keeping lots of sketchbooks.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Chris: I made a huge cross-section of the Earth through pixel-tinted glasses with little interactive elements. I really enjoy making big worlds full of characters and bizarre things.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Chris: Illustrating a series of children's picture books, both print and digital would be my dream come true. I'd love to make a Google-Doodle too.Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Chris: Oliver Jeffers is my idol, all his characters and stories are just amazing. His books spurred me to pursue illustration and are on my desk, within reach, at all times. My other favourites are Owen Davey, Jon Klassen, Charles Huettner and Tom Gauld-whose signed book is a prized possession.Question: Who are your musical heroes? Chris: The Beatles are at #1 but I do love Frank Turner, Jose Gonzalez, Gorillaz & Daft Punk. I'm a huge fan of soundtracks too but there are too many composers to mention.Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Chris: Not that long ago, but I'd like to go back to 1969. I could see the Apollo launch and moon landing, visit Woodstock and see The Beatles' rooftop concert.