Words from Tom Joyce

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When did you first decide you wanted to be an artist?

  • 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, its always been my passion.

Where do you find inspiration for your creations?

  • My mind is always on the go, so I get my inspiration from everything and anything really, books, movies, graphic novels, and people I have met and places I have been. I always carry a pen and sketchbook wherever I go just in case.

Does music play a role in the creative process, and who are you listening to?

  • Always, music helps me to concentrate on my illustrations, it drowns out other distractions and keeps me motivated. My music taste is a little varied, anything from Iron Maiden to Mr Scruff.

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What super secret projects do you have in the works that you can share with us?

  • I have some exciting projects lined up for 2013. One of which is working in collaboration with Post Living, an urban furniture design company, where my designs will be placed onto furnishings, from coasters to tables. This is a project I’m very excited about, so watch this space.

Pets, do you have any? If so, names and types please.

  • I have two very mischievous cats, Archie and Ruby. You’ll find them appearing in many of my tweets and facebook posts.

What is your favorite meal of the day? And where are we going to eat when we come out to visit?

  • Every meal! When I’m not drawing monsters and robots you’ll find me in the kitchen rustling up some fancy food for friends and family, so if you come to visit I would invite you for some home cooked grub. That, or I will take you down the local pub for a cracking steak and a pint of ale.

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Do you have a type of medium you prefer to work in, and why?

  • I love working with black fine liner pens, it gives me control over my drawings, and allows me to pack in as much detail as possible.

Some artists that you admire.

  • There are so many! A few of my favourites are Chris Ware, Kevin O’Neil, Mattias Adolfsson, Martin Handford and Tom Gauld, although the list is endless, such a great inspiration.

What was the biggest risk you have taken, and was it worth it?

  • I don’t really know if I’ve taken any big risks with my work so far, there is always a risk in putting your name to your work and putting it out there I guess, but I feel if you enjoy what you do you shouldn’t really worry about it.

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The last good movie you saw.

  • An old classic, The Goonies! I’d forgotten how much I love that film, one of my childhood favourites.

How does a typical day start?

  • With a shower and strong cup of coffee, then I draw until I go numb.

If you could go anywhere in the world for a visit where would it be, and why?

  • Machu Picchu, It’s just one of those places you have to visit, plus I like to think I would make a great Indiana Jones.

Sandwich or Burrito?  

  • Sandwich – filled with roast chicken, stuffing, bread sauce and cranberry sauce – YUM!


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Interview by Adam Washburn