You’ve drawn some of the world’s most beautiful men and women, but have you ever refused a portrait commission? Has anyone asked you to draw their pet?
I refuse commissions if I am unable to meet the sitter and have to work solely from the photographs they supply. I am not confident of getting a likeness if I have never seen or spoken to the person. I have been asked to draw a pet; a flat refusal.
Your (very popular) Instagram feed often feels quite nostalgic, with some amazing images from the Sixties and Seventies in particular. Who from that era would you like to go back and draw?
I love Instagram, although for me it is not, primarily, a way to promote my work. I don’t particularly like how my drawings look in the format. That said I do, as you’ve noticed, enjoy posting images that inspire me. There are a lot from the 1960s and 70s. I guess that’s generational. If you know me from Instagram, you’ll know my idols are Ursula Andress and Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale. I would love to have drawn them. And Alain Delon and Orson Welles and on and on….
In the book, there’s mention of you not fitting in to the fashion world – do you think that being able to dip in and out gives you a better sense of perspective on it?
Well, I feel very comfortable there now. But I am still passing through. I live down in Sussex near the sea and can tune in and out, to a degree. I am very grateful to the fashion world; it has provided me with a wonderful subject matter. Fashion is easy to mock (Ab Fab was the first reality show, after all) but it is also the most inspiring parallel world…