The concept artist talks style, stress and shutting off
Do you create art to escape?
Yes, usually when I’m drawing or painting a subject I know well because it’s easy to just shut off. However, when you’re working to a brief it can be stressful to try to kerb your ideas and style to fit certain criteria. You have to keep checks on yourself, which can break the flow.
What’s the most stressful part of your job?
My art style is fluid and sketchy. I don’t spend time making sure each shape is perfect because I like the energy that it has, so when I’m asked to do vector-style work or texture, I find it stressful to be so concise and uniform. To deal with it, I slow myself down as much as possible and remind myself that I’m still learning.
What do you do when work or life gets a bit too much?
I tend to go for a wander around London and just take photos. It reminds me that the world is a spectacular place and I’m lucky to be here. I’m also painting a mural, which helps offset my digital art.
What advice would you give other artists who are stressed?
I have a notebook that outlines my life dreams, and breaks them down into things I want to achieve before the year is out, then what I want to achieve in a few months’ time, then this month and then this week. This makes tasks a lot more manageable, and makes me feel like I’m achieving something.