I first found my April artist via good old deviantART many moons ago, where I used to post my work but I rarely go on it these days. When I do go to look at the work that I'm following, I can always find a piece to favourite by this artist, whose work I have always admired and been inspired by (& always a little bit jealous of!)
Please meet: Kelly Robotson
Above: Mr Robotson on the Underground. (Image courtesy of Kelly Robotson)
What was it that made you become interested in illustration?
I've wanted to be an illustrator since I was pretty little. I was either 9 or 10 years old and my baby sitter at the time was an amazing artist. I would sit in awe as he drew my favorite videogame and anime characters on yellow notecards. I still have a couple of his drawings
At what point in your illustration career did you start to define your 'style'? or do you think you don't have a certain 'style'?
Honestly, I don't really think of myself as having a style. Anyone who's followed my work over the past 5 years has seen it make some drastic changes, sometimes without me knowing! Honestly though, a lot of my friends and fans have told me that I have a very distinct style, so it's hard to say.
What has been the highlight of your illustration career so far?
I think the highlight of my illustration career is coming very soon. I'll be re-vamping my website and putting a more professional looking portfolio together to hopefully gain some more commission work.
What is your favourite tool to work with/in?
That would have to be my trusty duo, Mr. Laptop and Mr. Wacom tablet. I have a newer (DEC2010) Macbook Pro and a Medium Intuous 4, as well as a Small Bamboo for travel. Photoshop and Corel Painter are my programs of choice for coloring and illustration but I do dink around with Alchemy as well.
Above: 'Dr Who-Solo' (Image courtesy of Kelly Robotson)
Where do you tend to 'create' your pieces and why?
I tend to create my work at home, or in downtown coffee shops. I feel that these places are safe and conducive to my creative process. There's something about a comforting atmosphere that puts me in the mood to work.
Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? Tell me all...!
I think if I could choose to work with any illustrator / group of illustrators, it would be the folks at Capcom Japan, specifically Tatsuya Yoshikawa. His linework looks so fast, but the attention to detail is mind blowing. I could stare at his work all day long.
Above: 'Faces and Faces and Faces and..' (Image courtesy of Kelly Robotson)
Is there an event in your life that has been inspirational to your work?
I don't know if one specific event has been the vaulting point for my art, but I do reflect heavily on what I've been through, seen and experienced to help get my creative juices flowing.
Last but not least, pen or pencil? and why !
Hahaha, what a great question. Pencil! Mechanical pencils with red lead, specifically. I love pen/pen+ink but there's a permanence with that that's frightening to me. Perhaps I should work in it more often. ;)