Image of the day: Kubrick by Antony Hare

Computer Arts: How did you get into editorial illustration?
Antony Hare:
I worked as an interactive art director at ad agencies in the early 2000s. It was a good creative career beginning for a young professional, but, in my idle time, I began to wonder if I couldn't apply the same effort it took to teach myself design into teaching myself illustration. That is, I sold myself to get this gig; could I not sell my work in other markets? I always liked drawing. I guess I've always been drawn to black ink drawing, cartooning I guess you could call it, and cartooning does have a natural home in literature, journalism and publishing in general. So I guess that style is drawing is saught after by editorial design directors.

I always planned to become a commercial illustrator. I imagined myself illustrating ads for Nike and Apple. I try to read the email conversation a few times before I look at the brief. Usually a lot of the information that's critical is contained here. Then I read the brief a few times; I print it out, in some cases, so I can sneak a moment to look at it as I'm cooking dinner. I work both in an outside and in-the-home office and so there's a great deal of multitasking that goes on. Then I just get straight to pencils. Pencil drawing is good – for its own sake, it's just good – and so there's never any harm in doodling away as you think about the assignment.

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