2. What's the best item in your pencil case?
I have a bunch of super lovely paint brushes. Unfortunately despite how well I look after them, it's only a matter of time before they become frayed and I have to replace them - so I tend to stock up on them when I can.
3. Paint? Pencil? or Tablet?
Paint for sure. Though I do tend to plan a lot of stuff in pencil.
4. What's your go-to motivational album?
Whilst I don't want to say something like 'MUSIC IS MY LIFE'; I do spend most of my life listening to music. So it's always tough to say a particular album, but last night my partner and have just been to see St Vincent in Berlin, and she was AMAAAAZZZING. And her new album MASSEDUCATION is great.
5. How would you describe your work? Are there any common themes?
All my work is hand painted in one layer, so 'painstakingly time consuming' could be one way of describing it, but I like to think it's painterly in aesthetic, sometimes funny and odd, but usually melancholic in theme. My personal work in the last few years has been a cathartic process in response to depression and loss. I also like to sneak musical references into all my comics. My editorial work is more often than not political (with a little 'p'), and it's usually about women, and families, and feminism.
6. What's your proudest piece that you've worked on?
My most recent self-published auto-bio is called 'Time May Change Me', it explores loss, longing, grief, music, and leaving behind a city that you love. It's an ode to my mum, and it's an ode to David Bowie. I'm working on some new stuff now, but this has really informed the way I am now writing and making comics.
7. Do you have any/many artist rituals?
I do like to leave the house before embarking on the tasks of the day, inevitably if I am really busy this isn't always realistic. I worked from a studio for a long time, and now I share a great home studio in our attic with some friends and two cats. But I do like to have some sort of 'commute' before starting my day; it's too easy to go from bed to the kettle to the desk. So my ritual now is to have a coffee, and then get out of the house, whether that's for a run, half an hour at the gym, or a walk to the shops or something. Then when I'm back I have breakfast, take a shower, get dressed, have a coffee. And start my day.
8. What motivates you?
Music, telling stories, and going to comic fairs and meeting lots of supportive and amazingly talented people.
9. What do you do, that you think no one else does whilst working?
I don't know really, but I once got through 2 audiobooks in book in one day; that was quite impressive.
10. Who are you inspired by?
Maria Kalman, Kate Bush. Oh, did I mention I went to see St Vincent? She's awesome.
11. What's your favourite way to practice self care?
(Especially after a busy week)
I'd love to say that I do some meditation and then I have a bubble bath with rose scented candles, but in reality, after a busy week, I like to have a couple of beers with my friends and laugh about weird stuff, and put the world to rights.