Here's the design Tom drew for us (he admitted getting a little carried away):
Then he cropped it down and added in some colour:
And finally, we added our usual bits and bobs to produce the final result:
Cult Pens: Tell us a bit more about yourself.
Tom: Hello, I’m Tom! I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Southampton, UK.
Cult Pens: How would you describe your work?
Tom: Imaginative scenes packed with a variety of comical characters in a sea of mind-boggling detail.
Cult Pens: What got you into drawing/cartoons?
Tom: For as long as I can remember I have always drawn in some way or another, in my schoolbooks, sketchbooks and scrap bits of paper, it’s what I’ve always loved doing, even from an early age I have enjoyed drawing things to make people laugh. It just made sense for me to become an illustrator and do something I am passionate about.
Cult Pens: If you weren’t a cartoonist, what was the back-up plan?
Cult Pens: What are your favourite subjects/topics to draw?
Tom: I love to draw monsters and robots and placing them in comical scenes of immense detail for onlookers to adsorb themselves in.
Cult Pens: Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
Tom: I always carry a pen and sketchbook with me, because you never know when inspiration might hit you. However, one of my main inspirations is books; I love collecting books and as a result I have converted a room in my house into a library. I like that an author can create an extensive world within the pages, and I try to do the very same within my work, I like to create worlds that people can get lost in.
Cult Pens: What are you currently working on?
Tom: I am working on a number of projects at the moment, from designing my own t-shirt line to filling the pages of my Moleskine, but one of the biggest projects I am working on at the moment is drawing on two Robin Reliants that will be touring the four corners of the UK later on in the year for charity.
Cult Pens: How long does it normally take to complete a project?
Tom: The more detail in the image the longer I spend on it, so images can take months to finish.
Cult Pens: What are your top 5 pens?
Cult Pens: What pen or pencil couldn’t you live without?
Tom: Pilot Drawing Pens 0.1 Black, I have drawers full of them!
Cult Pens: Do you know when a work is finished or are you constantly tweaking?
Tom: I tweak all the time; I have been known to have images framed to then continue on them months later.
Cult Pens: What work are you most proud of?
Tom: Being part of the Go!Rhino project. I had the opportunity to paint and draw on a large fiberglass rhino to be displayed on the streets of Southampton and then auctioned for charity. I was not used to working on a large scale so this was something very new to me. It was great to be part of such an incredible project and I had an amazing time being part of it.
Cult Pens: What tips do you have for aspiring artists/cartoonists?
Tom: Draw until your fingers have gone numb and then draw some more. Never stop drawing.
You can see more examples of Tom's work on his website.
29 November 2014