Tim studied for a BA Hons in Illustration at Lincoln University and an MA in Illustration and Animation at Kingston University London. His clients are always impressed by the versatility of his character designs, and his ability to turn a brief into something unique and vibrant, whether it’s a single illustration, a campaign or a piece of animation.
Everything begins as a pencil sketch, which is then colored up digitally using Photoshop and Illustrator. With his animation skills, many clients ask him to create work for both print and digital projects where motion is required. For a more physical feel to his work, Tim is increasingly introducing hand drawn elements as well.
Most of Tim’s imagery is quirky, fun and character-based, and his work often incorporates custom typography along with some movement. Life, energy, charm and wit are what he strives for when he creates an illustration, and he likes to find visual solutions that are easy on the eye and keep you looking.
Question: This has been an exciting year for you. What’s been the best bit? Tim: The best start to the year has to be a job I did for Ford via Adrian Butnariu at Ogilvy dusseldorf. They got me drawing crazy car-wheel characters going wild like lunatics terrorizing everyone and everything! That was fun! Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Tim: Seeing an illustration on my Dad’s box of cigars and realizing that’s what I wanted to do. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Tim: University Of Lincoln BA Illustration, Kingston University MA Illustration & Animation. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Tim: I’ve recently promoted myself to the bigger spare bedroom, I haven’t had time to redecorate so I’m surrounded by textured wallpaper and a green carpet which I’m doing my best to hide with musical instruments and toys. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Tim: I like to submerge myself in nature as much as possible because I like the influence it has on my work. Also the late polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski. I never get bored of his amazing films.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Tim: I keep sketchbooks, I like to record every idea, no matter how rubbish, in the form of a quick drawing. The good ones get more time spent on them and the really good ones get coloured up. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Tim: Music (just bought a second hand accordion which I’m learning to play), travel and cycling (just ridden the trans pennine trail from Southport to Hornsea, 211 miles in 4 days for cancer research UK). Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Tim: A really rewarding job for the Eden Project via Cliona O’Sullivan at Story Worldwide. My Brief was to illustrate the various career opportunities at the Eden Project targeted at 14 -19 yr olds. My illustrated characters appear on the homepage of Eden’s new website. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Tim: I’d like to do album artwork and a music video for The Whitest Boy Alive. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Tim: Charlie Harper, Heath Robinson, Ryohei Yanagihara. Question: Have you any hidden talents? Tim: I can say ‘You’re not cutting the bread very well’ in four languages. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Tim: I wouldn’t go far, probably late 1960’s for the music, I’d go to Woodstock.
Shell, Ford, Sony Ericsson, Microsoft, Capital One, British Gas, JWT, OgilvyFavourites
: BFI Bar & Kitchen, Southbank
: Muji for pens and pencils
: Le Gun