As well as a slew of awards after his name, TS has vast experience in the industry, working for a range of publishing companies and international brands. It’s not all ghosts and monsters either – his educational work breaks new ground. Some of TS’s influences include Edward Gorey, Lane Smith and Shaun Tan.
TS develops his images from thumbnail sketches, working out a composition before going to larger scale drawings. When he has something that works, he’ll fine tune things with his client before proceeding to a finished rough, followed by the coloring phase using paints, brushes and a dash of Photoshop to make things pop.
The dark and spooky side of TS Spookytooth’s style is what children find so thrilling, yet he always provides those vital elements of charming characters, strong visual storytelling and a touch of humor in each project he works on.
2015 Utah Beehive Book Award
2015 Bank Street College Awards – Children’s Book of the Year
2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books – Children’s Picture Book Award
2017 Bank Street College Awards – Children’s Book of the Year
2017 Monarch Award Master List
2019 Cook Prize – Finalist
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? T.S: Lane Smith. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? T.S: Old Isleworth, for its close proximity to the River Thames. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? T.S: It is in a room of disarray, the carpet hasn’t been seen for years. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? T.S: A tavern of questionable repute and chimney pots guarded by rooks. Question: How do you get your ideas? T.S: They just arrive, marked for my attention. Question: Do you collect anything? T.S: Old photos, stamps, textures, cuttings, I squirrel it away and hope it’ll prove its worth one day.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? T.S: I have a Scrap Drawer, where anything of interest goes. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? T.S: Teuthology. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? T.S: To take one of the many stories I have languishing in my Story Drawer and create a timeless fusion of words and image. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? T.S: A Paleontologist. Question: Do you have any pets? T.S: My blue-ringed Octopus; Mr. Crillington Spade. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? T.S: Theodor Seuss Geisel. Question: What do you have bookmarked? T.S: Page 103 of Villette.
Harper Collins, Nestle, Clarks Shoes, Templar Publications, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Point One Percent, Harcourt Education, ScholasticFavourites
: Inside Out, Brighton.
: Chris Beetles
: Liquitex Acrylics.
: Ajiaco Bogotano.
: Colombia, South America.