Originally from London, Stuart trained as a graphic designer, gaining a BA from Croydon University. But he felt that illustration allowed him much more freedom and developed his vector graphic style, giving it added depth through clever use of shading and texture. His influences include Will Cotton, Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz, Patrick Caulfield, Gary Hume, Robert Rauschenberg and Peter Blake.
Stuart’s process begins with a pencil rough for client approval before moving over to his computer to create the image. Adobe Illustrator is his software of choice – perfect for his vector graphic style.
Stuart’s style has evolved from the flat graphic look usually associated with vector graphics. He still uses flat colors and basic forms, but cleverly brings depth to his images through his palette, texturing and little touches of humor, which he tunes in to the brief.
Question: Do you have any formal design training? Stuart: BA Graphic Design (Croydon College of Art, class of 2000). Question: Where are you originally from? Stuart: London. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Stuart: I've been living in Melbourne for the last 6 years because it's such an awesome city to live in. Question: Do you collect anything? Stuart: Vinyl records, although the majority of the collection is sadly gathering dust and dampness in storage in the UK. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Stuart: Not in the traditional sense, though I am constantly book-marking and collecting physically or on-line any art/design/illustrations that I find inspiring. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Stuart: For fitness and clarity of mind, I enjoy running and playing squash; I'm passionate about music, be it collecting, listening or checking out live bands; Given the industry I am in, I also enjoy witnessing or participating in most things creative. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Stuart: A suite of 25 illustrated covers for Deakin Universities Undergraduate and Postgraduate course guide booklets.
Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Stuart: I would love to be involved in a fashion campaign, or large format retail interiors. Question: Who are your art heroes? Stuart: Will Cotton, Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz, Patrick Caulfield, Gary Hume, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Blake. Question: Who are your musical heroes? Stuart: Tom Waits, Neil Young, Will Oldham, Jim James, Bill Withers, Jason 'Spaceman' Pierce, Jack Nitzsche. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Stuart: Stay proud. Stuart: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Stuart: Do it for the love of it, be passionate, work hard. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Stuart: Brooklyn. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Stuart: Manhattan in the 1920's just because it was a birth of such a good era of history, architecture, design, decadence and debauchery. Question: What's your favourite scene or line from a film? Stuart: I love cinema, and I love film credits; either early animated ones by Saul Bass, or more recently the animated opening credits from 'kiss kiss bang bang' or the 'Sherlock Holmes' end credits-go check them out on You Tube.
GQ (AUS, UK, US), Mens Health (AUS, UK), BBC (UK), Virgin Mobile (US), Selfridges (UK), Borders (AUS), Deakin University (AUS), Easy Jet (UK), Orange Telecom (UK)Favourites
: Three Bags Full
Collingwood in Melbourne
: Apple Might Mouse (I can't deal with the Magic Mouse)
: Basement Records
in the Block Arcade in Melbourne
: Creative Review...still!
: London, it's like coming home.