Gray’s drawing skills are self-taught, and he’s been doodling for over 50 years.
Back in the day, Gray would work with felt tips on layout pads, using Magic Markers when colour was required. The trouble, he found, was that the inks would fade after a few years. Today he draws his cartoon first, then scans it in, making edits and adjustments to the image and colouring it in Photoshop with the magic wand and the paint bucket tools. As well as client work, he also produces prints for sale which are output on matte art paper.
Wiggly lines, big noses, big round eyes and no ears are some of the key things you’ll notice in Gray’s style of cartooning. He has a keen ability to express emotions through facial expressions and although he doesn’t always use direct speech bubbles, there’s never any ambiguity about who is doing the talking.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Gray: When people started to like my cartoons it seemed like a pleasant and easy way to earn a crust. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Gray: I spent five years studying architecture but then spent my first twenty formative years in advertising as a copywriter and was Creative Director of a couple of agencies - Dewe Rogerson and WCRS where I did BMW ads. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Gray: I live on a hill up Dairy Lane near Henley on Thames. It has a magnificent view. The nearest neighbour is over half a mile away. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Gray: I work in a timber shed which used to be a garage but I tarted it up and put a stove in it. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Gray: I designed and built the clock tower on my work shed. The architecture came in handy for that. Question: If you were not a cartoonist, what would you be? Gray: Skint. Question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Gray: My dad once said, "Take my advice, do what you want".
Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Gray: One idea is to have a bacon sandwich. Works for me. Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Gray: Christina Hendrick's boudoir. Question: Do you have any pets? Gray: I have a black dog called Ralf Ralf Ralf but I call him Ralf for short. I also have a black cat called WMD - short for Weapon of Mouse Destruction. But I call him Bill because he's useless around mice. Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Gray: Gold plated taps in the kitchen for starters. Caviare and Stolly for breakfast. Truffles for tea. Private jet... silver Ferrari... the usual things. Question: Would you continue to illustrate? Gray: Don't be silly. Question: Which is the best Carry-on in your opinion? Gray: 'Carry on up the Khyber' was certainly the funniest title.
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