What are the best and worst aspects of being an animator in 2014?
I wish I knew the answer to this. For me, there aren’t many negatives at the moment, I have been filled with an enthusiasm for creating new work after graduating from the RCA. Everything I do at the moment is a step into the unknown as I have been studying my whole life. It is all I know how to do, so the fact that I can earn money doing what I love is absolutely brilliant, I don’t want to do anything else other than draw, paint, tell stories and animate. The only negative so far is people wanting you to do mad amounts of animation for free, and seeming to think that it is a normal thing to expect.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I get it from everything around me. I am very interested in how places change from day to night, or the differences in culture from place to place. Me splitting my time between Yorkshire and London to study provided a lot of the inspiration for my graduating project, My Dad, as I was suddenly exposed to so many different cultures in such a small space.
Visually, I like painters such as Cezanne and the German Expressionists. The brush marks and bizarre colours mixed with the very angular faces and poses.