Adam is an talented illustrator, lecturer and prolific blogger, and he joined the co-op only last week. His bright and characterful digital prints of dogs and birds are sure to be popular in the shop and have attracted numerous admirers already.
Hi Adam! Tell me a bit about your work.
I work in different media, including traditional hand-pulled linocuts. I also write and illustrate short stories, as I'm interested in sequential art, experimental storytelling and comics.
So, you signed up to the Arts Hub last week?
Yes I did, I'm looking forward to becoming involved with the regular collaborative exhibitions. The prints I have available in the Arts Hub are illustrations that were hand-generated and then coloured digitally. They're framed and sell for £20 each. The images in the Arts Hub are of different dog breeds and a waxwing (bird). The dogs have been my bestsellers, so I'll be adding more breeds soon.
How did you become an illustrator?
I have worked as a freelance illustrator in the past, although that has taken a back seat in recent years due to my teaching commitments. I now produce illustrations to sell online and through shops like the Arts Hub. I trained as an illustrator and have an MA in illustration for children, so developing children's books is something I'd be interested in doing at some point.
And what's your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moment as an illustrator was probably sneaking my Burning Zebra character into the first two textbooks I ever had published. That, or organising a collaborative exhibition for my MA on a budget of zero!
Mostly I draw in my living room after work, either hunched over my desk, perched at my computer or sprawled out on the floor while my girlfriend watches her soaps (don't tell my mum - she worries about my back). I prefer silence when I'm working but occasionally I listen to Philip Glass or classical composers. I try to eliminate distractions but I drink an absurd amount of tea.
Who's your biggest inspiration?
I'm terrible at picking favourites! My biggest inspiration is probably Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy. Anything drawn by Mignola is beautiful, macabre and makes me giddy!
What's your favourite thing for sale in the Arts Hub?
My favourite items for sale in the Arts Hub are the inventive glass and ceramic pieces by Andrew Moran. I have a beautiful set of his coasters and look forward to expanding my collection.
What do you get up to when you're not drawing then?
I love going out for meals with my girlfriend and friends - we recently moved house and are sampling the various culinary delights that Lark Lane has to offer!
Over the next six months I will be adding to my various blogs and creating new work to sell online. Hopefully I'll be extending the range of prints available in the Arts Hub, too. I've already ordered some greetings cards, featuring some of my recent graphic montages.
And your plans for the next few years?
In the longer term I'd like to develop some books, whether that's through online self-publishing or more conventional means.
Adam's prints are available in the Arts Hub 47 shop now, for just £20 each (framed). They'd make a great gift for any proud pet owner.