Artist Spotlight: Tim Easley
What was it that made you become interested in illustration?
I've been working loosely in the "creative" industry for quite a while, and have done graphic design among other things. I've always sketched ideas down of course, but one day I decided to try my hand at doodling things, found it to be a lot of fun, and have continued since then!
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'?I'd like to think that I have more than one style, although recently I think I've started to have some favourites. I'm very indecisive, so I'm not sure I could ever stick to one way of drawing things or just work in one medium. Although hopefully some of my personality shows through even if the styles are different.
Above: 'Illuminati' (Courtesy of Tim Easley)
What has been the highlight of your illustration career so far?I've only recently steered my career on to the illustration path, so I can't say that it's been hugely eventful yet, but I've been lucky enough to be included as a contributor on Ohh Deer (www.ohhdeer.com), which will hopefully continue and be a lot of fun!
What is your favourite tool to work with/in?
I'd have to say watercolour right now. I like the way you can make some really interesting colours and textures just by chucking some paints together, even if you have no idea what you're doing!
Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? Tell me all...!
I don't have anyone particular in mind, but it's awesome to work with people who do things I can't, which makes for a huge number of people! I think it makes things a lot more interesting and lets you both explore doing things that you might not normally think of.
Would you say your work has been influenced by the above illustrator or would you say your work has been influenced by other artists/nobody?
I'm not really sure if I'm consciously influenced by anyone. I go out of my way to avoid spending lots of time looking at other people's illustration for ideas or inspiration, because I know I'd end up copying them without realising! I prefer looking at product design, interior design, looking at colours outside, or just having a daydream!
Above: 'Skatebeard' (Courtesy of Tim Easley)
What colour crayon would you be and why?
I'd be black because then I could cover all the other colours and be scraped off to make new drawings!
Last but not least, pen or pencil? and why !
Definitely a pencil. They're cooler looking and their butts can erase things