Our Sound of Mu­sic fea­ture and poster il­lus­tra­tor, David War­dle, of print com­pany Bold & Noble, shares his in­spi­ra­tion with us.

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Do you have any cre­ative rit­u­als?

I al­ways try and start out with a pen­cil and a piece of pa­per and work through the ba­sic idea of what I want to create be­fore I use the com­puter or do any­thing too fin­ished by hand.

What do you do to stay calm amidst a busy pe­riod at work?

I’ve been a com­pet­i­tive run­ner since I was 12 and it’s a great way to es­cape daily life. I usu­ally run be­fore work or in my lunch break, and of­ten again in the evening. We’re lucky enough to live close to a net­work of foot­paths and bri­dle­ways that spread for miles out into the coun­try­side. It’s al­ways given me time to think and re­solve any prob­lems. We have three kids, and Jane (who is also my busi­ness part­ner), and I jug­gle the ma­jor­ity of work and child­care. Time on your own is re­ally im­por­tant.

How do you stay in­spired?

I’m nat­u­rally com­pet­i­tive with my­self so when­ever I get a brief I want to make a good job of the project. Work­ing on com­mis­sions also helps us come up with new ideas for Bold & Noble prod­uct lines, so try­ing new things that maybe don’t work out or don’t get ap­proved can al­ways lead to some­thing else. Peo­ple then buy­ing the stuff you create or com­mis­sion­ing is al­ways in­spir­ing.

Where do you get your best cre­ative ideas?

I get them when I least ex­pect it – be­cause we are run­ning a home and a busi­ness to­gether it’s quite a tricky bal­ance to have ‘think­ing’ time set aside, so that usu­ally comes when I’m en­gaged in an­other task, like gar­den­ing, paint­ing, chop­ping wood or any num­ber of do­mes­tic du­ties.

What pod­casts are you lis­ten­ing to at the mo­ment?

Deadly Sir­ius – it’s a light hearted look at ev­ery­thing from the mean­ing of life to pop cul­ture dis­cussed by co­me­di­ans.

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