Henry’s work is ideal in editorial and publishing contexts, but he’s also flexible and adept when it comes to working on commercial campaigns. Originally from Brighton, he has a BA in Illustration from Central Saint Martins. Inspiration comes when he looks out a train window at the utilitarian architecture, adorned with graffiti and gradually changing as nature takes over.
From line drawn characters and objects to nature-inspired textures, every element in one of Henry’s images is created by hand using paint and/or ink on paper – there are no artificial ingredients in his illustrations. He then assembles the composition and perfects it using his computer.
Henry’s artworks can be split into two main styles. Firstly, he creates full colour scenes with lots of colour, detail, texture and atmosphere. His second style focuses more heavily on line illustrations of places and buildings, accurate to real-world proportions but lighter on detail and with some personality or humour added.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Henry: I loved drawing and illustrating seemed to be a good way to draw for a living.Question: Did you study illustration at college? Henry: Yes, Central St Martins, London.Question: Where did you grow up? Henry: Brighton.Question: Where do you live now and what drew you there? Henry: I live in South London, drawn there by the love of a woman.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Henry: Things that grow and change.Question: How do you get your ideas? Henry: I stretch for 20-25 minutes, say the incantations, voila. Question: Do you collect anything? Henry: No, too much stuff depresses me.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed Henry: I finished a book! It took a long time but Eight-Lane Runaways will be published next year.Question: Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Henry: Ideas are powerful, I guess illustrations are a nice straight line towards communicating an idea.Question: What is the best use of illustration you have ever seen? Henry: I think mascots should be used more. Tony the tiger staring at me from the box will never leave me. But I think my fillings are due to Tony. Thanks illustration.Question: What makes a really good client brief? Henry: A good balance between specific requirements and freedom to come up with ideas.Question: How much of your work is hand drawn? Henry: All of it.Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Henry: Is it bragging to say if anything I get frustrated by having too many ideas? The feeling of there never being enough time in the day is the one that I find hard to deal with. I need to start getting up earlier.Question: If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Henry: The grass isn't always greener. I'm always trying to be happy where I am.Question: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money? Henry: I have thought about this; I would buy the old paint factory in Margate and turn it into a factory making the worlds best loop wheeled jersey material. It would run as a 'not for profit', just there to give people jobs as master craftsmen. Then lambourghinis etc.
Henry’s client list includes Rapha, The Guardian, Omega Watches, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Outside magazine, Macmillan Cancer Support and Tilsor.