After completing a Foundation in Art, in the city of Lincoln, he moved to London and completed a BA HONS Fine Art Degree in Printmaking and Book Arts, while simultaneously working and gaining critique on his Paintings in the studios of Kingston University.
Everything begins with sketches, there are no limits to how many ways something can be approached, but it is always key to find the right path before the final stages can begin. After choosing viewpoints and compositional elements, and making sure the narrative is accurate and concise Rohan moves onto ink. He often plays upon his love of films to bring the viewer to a new way of looking at an ordinary scene. Although he began with a very monochrome palette, in the last few years he has challenged himself with a colour palette of watercolour paint. This has created a new dimension to his work, and opened up a whole new world of possibilities.
Rohan's style has often been categorized as classical, and he understands that his tools are anything but modern, but his skill is in bringing the beauty of the hand crafted illustration into the present day. Through clever use of viewpoint and composition his work feels fresh and current, while retaining elements of the past that bring a sense of clarity and assuredness to the final piece.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Rohan: I've always drawn, I used to sell illustrations of dogs in bathrooms when I was 11, I guess it's in my blood. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Rohan: I studied printmaking and book arts at Croydon college, but spent most of the time making paintings in the studios of Kingston University. Question: Where are you originally from? Rohan: I was born in Middlesborough and grew up in Lincolnshire. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Rohan: I now live in London. There is no where better to prove how hard you can work, and how much you believe in yourself. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Rohan: My family inspire me to succeed. Question: How do you get your ideas? Rohan: My ideas grow from a need to create beauty and balance. Question: Do you collect anything? Rohan: I don't collect anything, but I love books, and never say no to something interesting. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Rohan: I've been in a band for 12 years, I love making music, there's a great camaraderie in a band.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Rohan: My involvement in the Anna trilogy is something I'm most proud of, just book 3 remains. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Rohan: Illustration is not used enough in adult novels, I would like to change this. Question: Who are your artistic heroes? Rohan: Aubrey Beardsley, Francis Bacon, Whistler, Lautrec, Arthur Rackham, Gary Hume, and Gavin Turk, who inspired me to make art. Question: Who is your musical hero? Rohan: Alex Hutchins, from Cyclones, my band mate, and an amazing songwriter. Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Rohan: Quiet. Quiet, but occasionally significant. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Rohan: My dad telling me to "do it better". Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Rohan: I have a children's book, that I have written, it occupies any time with which I have no ideas to fill. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Rohan: Iris Krueger my beautiful girlfriend, whom I never tire of looking at.
James Palumbo, Random House, Blackmaps , Rapha, Allude, Newkid Footwear, Absolute Press, Annette OlivieriFavourites
: Rotring pens 0.13-0.5mm and Penman Natural History inks
: Any art supply shop