In a sentence, who are you and what do you do?
Drinker of coffee drawer of comics.
What got you started? Was there a specific moment or time when you realised “this is what I want to do”?
No specific moment. Comics have been apart of my life since early childhood. I was lucky enough to grow up in a time when you could buy Comics at the Newsagents. As a child I would often emulate (draw) what I was reading.
What was your favourite comic growing up?
Depends on the artist 😉 2000AD and Incredible Hulk were my constants though.
What was the first piece of work or project that you were really proud of?
I’m proud of all my work in some shape or form, every page unique it its own way. Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste with Martin Hayes was created through sheer will, determination and bloody belligerence! Getting it finished and published was a saga in itself.
What is your preferred material to work with?
I breathe life into my illustrations by using a verity of mediums from the traditional pencils, pens, markers, and paints to the very latest Adobe packages such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign by creating different layers and textures from my sketches and photocopies, also cutting and scanning my work into the computer. I enjoy the best of both worlds when creating my work, seamlessly blending the traditional approaches with the new.
What is your least liked material to work with?
I’ve never taken to acrylic paints and am yet to use oil paints.
What’s your dream project? Forget about money, time, popular demand or any other variable. If that was all covered and you would work on whatever you wanted. What would it be?
Some would say I am already creating my dream projects as the subject matter can be deeply personal. Shogun Warriors, Rom, Deathlok, Moon Knight and Adam Warlock would be something I would like to sink my creative teeth into.
If you were hired to create a book cover based on a classic story. What would the story be and how would you tackle creating it?
Fahrenheit 451 – By making a mess! While the techniques can remain the same the outcomes will always vary. You will often find me surrounded by bits of paper, photocopies, old magazines, new and old books, spray mount, PVA glue, scissors, scalpels, pencils, rubbers, pens, markers, paints, to work this way is a release, a method of personal expression. The rules go out of the window when the mind is set free and given a chance to play. Perhaps this is not the correct way of drawing but who is to say what is? It seems the more mistakes I make the better my illustrations become, as the French would say ‘serendipity’.
What are you currently working on and what’s coming up in the future
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth – Part Two
- Powers:Fearful & Divine
- Hob’s Lane
- The Monument
- 6 Page Judge Dredd story for Zarjaz
Which artist(s) would you like to see interviewed? Why?
What questions (apart from these ones!) would you like to ask them?
Why did you steal my life 😉
Tell us something about yourself that people wouldn’t normally know!
I am a qualified teacher specialising in Art and Design.
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As well as comics, Simon writes plays, poetry, (award winning) film scripts. He also acts, directs and produces films, too, because why have any spare time…