Paul studied graphic design for two years, but otherwise he’s a self-taught artist whose love of drawing and constant honing of his abilities have made him one of Britain’s leading cartoon illustrators.
Originally a traditional line and wash artist, Paul has maintained his cartoony roots, and each rough begins as a pen on paper sketch. The work is then converted to vector graphics, and continues to take shape on Paul’s computer screen, where he fiddles endlessly with the colours in search of perfection.
Big, bold shapes, sweeping lines, strong colours, hints of texture and plenty of fun – these are just some of the characteristics of Paul’s individual style. His strong draughtsmanship and drawing skills always shine through, and within his work you’ll find a whole range of cartoony styles from expressive line work to more abstract pieces, finished off with charming touches of detail.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Paul: A stolen 'Mad Magazine' at age 11. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Paul: A failed two year graphic design course at Blackburn College of Technology and Design. Question: Where are you originally from? Paul: Blackburn, Lancashire. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Paul: Boscombe, Dorset. I needed to run away. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Paul: It’s an attic room in my flat. It’s dark and crowded, but hey. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Paul: The sheer pleasure of drawing. Question: Do you collect anything? Paul: I say no, my family say 'yes!, what about all of your various electric and acoustic guitars and a lute, a sitar, mandolin, ukulele, lap guitar, saz,'. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Paul: Volumes of them. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Paul: Making and recording music, pop quiz Thursday night at the Commodore.
Question: Who are your art heroes? Paul: L.S. Lowry; love his limited palette, Lucien Freud, Vincent. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Paul: Mort Drucker, Halas and Batchelor, Paul Sample. Question: Who are your musical heroes? Paul: Nick Lowe, The Beatles, Hank Williams. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Paul: Probably very bitter and unhappy. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Paul: Never make excuses for your work. Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Paul: I draw, usually on the score sheet at the pop quiz. Question: What about when you hit 'the wall' with an illustration? How do you cope with that? Paul: Look at it in the mirror. Question: Do you have any pets? Paul: Daisy a 9 month old Parson Jack Russell.