Artist: Rich Gemmell
Rich is an illustrator who has worked with the likes of the guardian and The Sunday Times and many more smaller publications. We asked him some Questions…
Who are you?
Hello, Im Rich, an illustrator from Cambridge. Pleased to meet you.
What do you do?
I am an illustrator of three years. I have mainly done editorials up to now with the odd album cover and book illustration thrown in but really any excuse to pick up my pencil and draw. I do tons of personal work as it truly lets me create the images that I want. I love it.
Why do you do it?
For as long as can remember I have loved making images, with anything. It wasn’t until university though that I truly saw a potential for a career. I did fine art and animation before I settled on illustration. I was not patient enough for animation. I wanted a finished result fairly quickly and with a more concentrated subject so illustration was perfect. I like to think I’m creating images that could continue and tell a story.
Who are your influences?
I think a lot of my influences come from animation and comics. I love the old disney films. I was obsessed with Tin Tin as a child (and still am really) as well as the old commando comics, Nicolas De Crecy, Will Eisner and others.
What inspires your work?
Inspiration comes from all over the place. My images mainly depict events based on my own experiences and sights but I get inspired by a scene in a film of some song lyrics just as much. My sketchbooks are full of illegible scribbles that more often than not don’t get turned into images. I carry a sketchbook and camera everywere just in case.
What do you like?
Lots of things… traveling, cats, thai food, good beer, teapots, comics, winter, books, games, motorbikes, the sea, Scotland. Theres other stuff..
What don’t you like?
Aubergines and early mornings.
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