Micro-interview with Chris Wharton

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Tell us what you like in two lines?

I live in London but am a country boy at heart. I like nothing more than being outside running around.

Where does your passion for art come from?

I think like many creatives I started out young, drawing things that I loved. I always wanted to be Han Solo when I was a kid and would draw very elaborate and tiny Star Wars pictures. Over the years my style and concepts of change but I still have a man crush on Han Solo.

When you go back to your birth town, where is it you really go?

I've lived in London for the past 6 years. Naturally London is full of activity, sites to see and places to go. My home town is a sleepy little town on the sea in the south west called Plymouth. Its surrounded by countryside and the great outdoors. I want to live in the trees and swim in the sea.

Where do you find inspiration?

Most of my best ideas seem to be bolts from the blue when I'm not doing much of anything - reading, taking a walk or staring into the middle distance. I like to think that every trip to a museum, walk in the park or flick through a book is all money in the imagination bank. It might not bear fruit immediately but who knows when it might germinate into something beautiful further down the line.

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Who’s your favourite artist? Famous or not.

I love the work of Mary Blair a disney concept artist from the 1950s. Ryohei Yanagihara a Japanese commercial artist has some fabulous work. Alan Fletcher's witty and charming work features a great marriage of concept and execution. Nowadays there are so many artists and illustrators that you can come into contact with via tumblr, instagram and various social networks its impossible to list them all. Todays visual culture has never been richer.

How do you create? Where?

I'm very lucky to be able to work from home. I have a little office and a garden where I can sit and let my brain take a walk. All of my work begins with pencil and paper, taking a slow meander through my thoughts and just playing on the page. I find that its best just to leave your brain to its own devices and not try and force the ideas out too much. Naturally you need to couple spontaneous ideas with a grounding in visual culture, to be aware of trends and have a wide array of influence to draw upon.

How would you describe your work?

This is always a tough question. I'm a little bit of a magpie and am attracted to new ways of drawing and new styles to play with so, my portfolio is quite diverse and playful. But I think at the heart of all my work I would like to think there is some joy, bright colours and I'd like to think clever ideas.

¿Twitter or Facebook?

I'm a Facebook man, although I have recently begun tweeting. I have so many online profiles now I find it hard to juggle them and Facebook was where I began to promote and push my work publicly.

One last comment?

I think one of the most valuable skills of being an illustrator is to be hard on your work. Don't look for compliments, look for feedback and critiques so you can push your craft further and grow as a creative. I think its important to always be looking to improve and trying new ways of making work. This way your work stays fresh and is always evolving..

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