Today I’m excited to share a little interview I did with illustrator Chris Long. Chris is represented by CWC-i, my agent as well. He lives and works in London. I find his work so whimsical, fresh, bold, unique and inspiring. Chris was kind enough to answer some of my questions.
1.Have you always loved art?
Yes, I was always drawing as a child. I grew up in the north west of England so the weather wasn’t great. Staying in and drawing pictures was always going to be the better option.
2. When you were little what was your favorite material to use?
For some reason I liked felt-tip pens. It was probably because of the bright colors and that you didn’t have the mess of painting.
3. What made you decide to be an illustrator?
I had done a Fine Art degree at college and I was disillusioned with that world. I still really enjoyed drawing and I wanted to see if I could make a living at it by doing commercial work.
4. Favorite illustrator of all time?
C’mon! There are so many. I guess I really like the 1930’s and ’40’s era, artists like Will Cotton or Alajalov…
5. Favorite illustrator of today?
Atsushi Hara. He’s really good.
6. What do people complement you most on- in your work?
People mostly mention my colors or that my work is fresh. I do like to make lively, happy images.
7. What do you like best about your work?
Well, I’m always pleased when a piece of work turns out as near or better than I imagined. But I don’t have a specific thing I like best.
I try to create great line, or color, or texture.
8. What’s your dream illustration project?
Ha! A long running ad campaign would be nice! Something where I get to draw a lot of people. Or failing that, a series of book covers. Maybe a classic author, someone like Graham Greene whose novels get re-jacketed every so often.
9. When you are not creating art what do you like to do?
I love music. So I’m always hunting out new sounds- and old ones of course! At the moment it’s “Song Cycle” by Van Dyke Parks. I find it strangely compelling, not my usual cuppa. I nearly always listen to music while I work.
10. When you are feeling un-inspired what do you do or where do you go to get the spunk back?
If it’s just not happening for me I like to get out of the house and take a walk. I live in London so there’s no shortage of things to distract you. But I’m always looking at new stuff, either in magazines, exhibitions or online.
I told Chris my obsession with other artist’s work spaces and said that if he felt like sharing, I’d post a photo of his and most likely admire his space. He said, “my desk is always so chaotic, I can’t imagine you’d find much to admire!”. Mine is an utter mess too dear Chris!