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Tom Joyce: Artist of the Month - December 2014

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?

Tom: Cryptozoologist

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?


  1. Pilot Drawing Pen 0.1 Black
  2. Pilot Drawing Pen 0.2 Black
  3. Uni Ball Pin Black Technical Drawing Marker Pen 0.1
  4. Edding 780 Paint Marker Pen
  5. Uni POSCA Marker Pen PC-5M Medium

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


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