Through his Greek Cypriot background Peter is influenced by Byzantine iconography, and he’s also inspired by the pictograms and icons drawn by the German modernist Gerd Arntz. Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer and El Greco are among his favorite artists. He has an Illustration degree from University of the Arts London, Camberwell.
After researching a project, Peter usually does some sketching to play around with the balance of the composition and its positive and negative space. He then works in Photoshop and Illustrator, where he’ll experiment further with the structure and bring color into play.
Peter’s digitally drawn icons, pictograms, infographics and technical illustrations are clean and clear, and he varies the style of the line work to meet the brief. When storyboarding, he works by hand, producing imagery with a more traditional feel. Either way, strong line work and flat colors are clear elements in his illustrations.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Peter: I always had a natural ability to draw, from an early age. It always seemed like the natural thing to do. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Peter: Yes. I attended college in South Africa where I obtained a National Diploma in Graphic Design and of late I have graduated from the University of the Arts, London. Question: Where are you originally from? Peter: I was born in Britain of Greek Cypriot parentage, I then spent some time in South Africa and Cyprus. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Peter: I live in London, as I was born here I wanted to return. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Peter: My studio is at my home. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Peter: Travel. I draw a lot of inspiration from visiting other cultures, museums and galleries. Question: How do you get your ideas? Peter: From various sources, it could be a piece of scrap that I pick up or a photograph that I have taken. I always carry a small digital camera in my bag as well as a sketch book. Question: Do you collect anything? Peter: Books. I love to read. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Peter: Yes, it sort of crosses over towards a sketch book aswell.
Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Peter: I guess it's all forms of art. It feeds and inspires my illustration practice. Question: Who is your illustration hero? Peter: John Holdaway, artist of Modesty Blaise. Question: Who is your design hero? Peter: Karl Schulpig for icons. Question: What do you say to people who say illustration isn’t really "Art"? Peter: They are just suffering from post-modernist envy. Question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Peter: Don’t give up. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Peter: Don’t give up. Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Peter: Yes, long walks and visiting galleries. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Peter: The Renaissance period, possibly the most dynamic period in the creative process. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Peter: Rembrandt.
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: Tate Modern
: Faber Castel 2B clutch pencil and a Wacom tablet
: Traditional Greek-Cypriot
: Magma Books
: Southern Spain