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Where are you from originally and where do you live now?

I live in the UK. I grew up in a tiny, quiet village in Sussex and now live in busy, noisy Brighton.

Grizzly Attack

Animal Attacks is a quirky series. How did you come upon this theme?

I really like drawing gross stuff, I'd been drawing naked humans fighting for a while so I think it developed from there. Also, a lot of my inspiration comes from watching documentaries and I watched one a while back about a bear attack that was pretty grim, the story of it keeps fluttering around in my head.

A Fight Broke Out

What's it like as a young illustrator in the UK? It seems like there's a lot of great work being made.

I'm still at that stage where I don't really think of myself as a 'proper' illustrator, its almost like I'm still a student just pretending. But I guess in reality I am actually an illustrator, and that is so exciting, to be able to pay my rent with my drawings is just amazing.

There are a lot of incredible illustrators out there, but there is also a lot of stuff which looks really similar, I feel like I am always aware of that, the fact that you have to make something which is different.

I think that being an illustrator in the UK has its challenges, for a start there seems to be more facilities in the US, for example, recently I've been looking for a place I can go and use a clay and glazes and a kiln, like an open ceramics studio drop-in but there is just nowhere!

It can also be isolating to work as an artist in the UK, most of us work from home and there is perhaps not the sense of community and interaction that there is with illustrators in the US, but that's my goal for 2014, to make a proper effort to meet other British artists and illustrators in real life rather than just through twitter.

Commissioned pet portraits

What gets / keeps your creative juices going?

Stories. I listen to lots of radio, read lots of rubbish, tacky news stories and watch loads of weird documentaries. I'm always thinking 'ohhh I could make a drawing about that'.

Are there any pie-in-the-sky projects you dream of working on?

I would love to do some editorial work, to have a piece in the NYT is a bit of a dream for me. I'm also doing an exhibition this summer with another illustrator, so we will be doing all the promo and planning for that, which is really exciting and something I've been wanting to do for a while.


Faye's website and tumblr.


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