Based in London, Rohan is inspired by artists like Aubrey Beardsley whose prints he first saw in his grandmother’s house when he was growing up. Today, critics freely liken Rohan’s work to Beardsley’s and he not only takes commissions from publishing houses but also self-publishes his work. He has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from Croydon College.
Rohan uses pen and ink, and generally works in black and white. All his work begins with a focus on composition and after establishing a structure he fine-tunes the viewpoint and the emphasis of the image, to give it emotional impact. In addition to monochrome, Rohan brings colour to some of his projects to give them something different.
There’s strength and clarity in Rohan’s work, alongside subtle nuances that will remind you of Art Nouveau. Beardsley’s influence is clear, but Rohan is also a fan of Arthur Rackham’s illustrations, and the art of Mark Grotjahn and Mark Rothko, among others.
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