Has being dyslexic aided, hindered or not made a bit of difference to your illustration career?
I would imagine it has helped. But as I don’t really know any other way of thinking I can’t say for sure. I only found out I was dyslexic at Art College but kind of explains why I took that route. I am pretty bad at English, not too great with spelling so concentrated on art. So I guess that’s a long winded way contradicting my first answer and saying not made a difference… whoops.
Are you ever tempted to draw bigger heads?
Ha ha… all the time. I think I go through phases, with their head size. Mostly depends on the client and brief. The characters used to have massively long arms too but I reined that in bit. I am trying just stick to one weird element at a time. I imagine if you were to meet one of my characters in real life I think it would probably be pretty scary… their heads would tower over you!
Apart from illustration what other things are you into?
Art wise, I love graphic design, which is nice as it helps pay the bills from time to time. Also Motion Design and Animation. Non art wise: Mountain biking, though the hills kill me. I also DJ (doesn’t everyone?) mostly UK Hip Hop with old fashioned vinyl, none of this mp3 or CD nonsense! Oh and the beach… I live about 10 mins walk from one, nothing like a quick lunch staring out to sea wistfully :)
Who are your favourite artists/illustrators alive today?
A long list which constantly fluctuates but here goes: Frederique Bertrand, Allan Sanders, James Graham, Adrian Johnson, Swak, Tom Gauld, Peepshow, Ian Stevenson, Nate Williams, Isabelle Arsenault, ColorBlok Inc, Nick Dewar, Marian Hill, and Steve Mack. There are more but I can’t remember them all!
Have you ever considered venturing into animation?
Yep most days! It is mainly a question of time and learning the programs. I would love to be able to do 3D stuff, but when I was playing around with Maya it became more mathematical than creative, At least that’s what it felt like. That said I have a lot of ideas for illustration and don’t get round to them let alone animating!
Are you involved in any collaborative projects at the moment and is there anyone you would like to work with?
Cheesy answer but, I find most commissions are kind of collaborating with art directors, nice give and take. I am working on a Children’s book with a writer. Other than that, nope… I’m open to offers…
What’s next in the pipeline for Nathan Fletcher?
A collaboration or two, a children’s book, book covers, (I am currently working on some self promo book covers as that’s an area I would love to get into.) a poster, (I have always wanted to do a big poster, A2 would be a good size.) an exciting secret project I cannot speak of, and a big painting with real paints, canvas and everything for a wedding present. If the big painting works out well I’ll pop it on my blog: http://www.mybrokenshoe.com/blog if it doesn’t appear you will never hear of it again and I will pretend we never had this conversation…
Your good self for this, everyone who has commissioned me, all the folks I went to college and lived with, Soup and erm anyone else I have forgotten.
Coneheads or Airheads?
Hard choice as haven’t seen either! I was going to answer based on the calibre of actor… I am a big fan of Dan Aykroyd and have spent many happy hours watching Ghostbusters, Trading Places but also like Adam Sandler so i don’t really know…
Chicken or Bacon?
Hmmm… Chicken… no, Bacon…no, arrrggghh…. that is harder than the films!
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