King. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
A one man creative brand encompassing music art and design. I like art that is accessible to all and unpretentious, creative self-expression is valid no matter what form it comes in. I love the art and style present in everyday life which relates directly to my habit of drawing junk food.
Our readers would love to get to know you more King. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have no illusion that I am the best artist in the world I just try and stay true to myself and create something as close to the idea in my head with the skills and resources I have available to me. I name the characters I draw as I imagine them as individual personalities that extend greater than the image itself.
King, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as an Illustrator?
I just love creating I all forms, the reward of forming something new that didn't exist half an hour ago is rewarding.
I have had a passion for art since I began drawing Transformers in my school books.
Who is your inspiration in life King? How do you keep inspired?
My children, they are the harshest of critics and the most complimentary of fans.
I keep creatively inspired by rotating what I am doing. If I am not in the mood to draw I will make music, if I don't want to make music, I will work on some clothing ideas. They all scratch the same itch but are challenging in different ways; it keeps my outlook fresh.
We all make mistakes King; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being an Illustrator, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Sometimes I finish something quickly and post it on line and regret it as it looks terrible, but I will always leave it on there. I help me to remember never to settle and continue pushing myself.
I always work alone, so I am my only colleague...
King , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As an Illustrator, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I have only worked on individual commissions so not had that situation, but overall I try to create a balance of the clients expectation and keeping true to my style.
Please tell us King, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as an Illustrator?
I work on the no zero days theory; ever day I have to achieve something no matter how small to move closer to my goals. Watching TV isn't going to make me a better artist, so I have to earn it.
Seizing the moment when you are feeling creative is important too if the inspiration is there don't stop until you have run out! I often sketch more than ten drawings in one half hour session ready to colour later, I constantly perfect my workflow to create quality in the greatest volume and in the shortest time.
King, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I work alone so not applicable however my mantra is always "No Rules" when I begin questioning what I am doing. It encourages happy accidents that can take you in a direction you would have never imagined.
King, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as an Illustrator. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I still have a lot to achieve, so every piece of feedback is super important. I recently had some of my music played by BBC Radio which was awesome and showed me I was on the right track.
King, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am constantly teaching myself to have no boundaries with what I do If I don't know how to do something I work it out. This can be incredibly exciting and liberating because you can end up drawing what at that time feels like is the best thing ever, on a post it notes with a biro.
Being self-taught can be difficult though as I am always trying to work things out myself that I am sure are probably day one basics in art school!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as an Illustrator?
Just do it, thinking about it won't get you anywhere. Pick up whatever you have with you now and start, download an app even to draw or paint with if you prefer. Then keep doing it every single day.
Once you are creating work get it in front of people, I guarantee if you love what you do there of thousands of other people out there that do too.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Other peoples perspective broadens the mind I am open to anything. My work on sneakers and skateboards are two things on the list of things to achieve in the future.
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