When did you start making toys?
I started with designer toys in 2010, but I can also remember making a few bits and bobs when I was a lad in my Dad’s workshop, just out of scraps of wood and nails. I loved Thunderbirds at that time, and couldn’t afford the toys, so I made my own.
Tell us more about your detailed style. Who/What are your inspirations?
People often comment on the level of detail in my work, and it has been one of the main elements of my style since the beginning. When I’m making a piece, I like to spend a lot of time with it and get really absorbed into the process. Spending that time is almost like ‘getting to know’ a new character’s story, or having a bit of a conversation with it, if that makes sense. The creative people who inspire me are all storytellers of one sort or another. Writers like Alan Moore, Clive Barker, China Mieville, Jeff Vandermeer and Iain M Banks are huge inspirations, as well as comic artists like Kevin O’Neill, Jeff Lemire, Simon Bisley, Carlos Ezquerra and Frank Quitely. Mythology and ancient history are also very interesting to me and I look at a lot of Ancient Egyptian, Aztec and Native American art.
What are your future plans? Anything exciting lined up?
Yes, I am exhibiting at DesignerCon in Pasadena, California in November this year, and I am currently working towards some exclusive releases for that. I’ve been exhibiting at ToyCon UK for three years, but this is my first time at DesignerCon. It is a huge designer toy event, many of my favourite toy makers will be there and I am really excited to be involved.
Tell us some random fun facts about yourself.
Before I became a professional artist, I was a beatboxer.