We put 5 Questions to Jon Turner...
Q) What’s the secret origin story of Jon Turner Illustration and how did it all come together?
Legend has it that I fell into an (extremely large) inkwell as a child, thus bestowing upon me the ability to control ink with my mind (through the medium of a magic talisman that closely resembles a pen). The reality is I've always drawn weird things, and at some point decided that it would be a fun way to make a living.
Q) What inspires you to create?
I find everything around me feeds into my work eventually, but I spend a lot of time around old books, classic sci-fi, eldritch horror, alt music, retro games, and assorted junk, all of which have a heavy influence on what I do. I also get a lot of inspiration from other artists, both classic and contemporary illustrators and printmakers, who mainly make it think "I want to be as good as that"
Q) Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?
Doing some work for BBC books on "The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who" a few years ago was a real highlight (I've been Who-obsessed since I was about three); similarly, a recent con highlight was having Sophie Aldred (who played Ace, my hero and constant sartorial inspiration as a kid) come and buy things from my stall and say how much she liked my work.
Q) This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?
I work mainly in pen and ink, in a somewhat gothic, illustrative linework style. You'll find a whole host of prints (and other curiosities), some of them direct references to nerdy things, some just strange things from my imagination, and a variety of melancholy robots. I should have some mini-comics and little zines ready by True Believers too (spoiler alert: may contain robots)
Q) If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?
"Be excellent to each other"- Bill S. Preston, esquire
And don't forget to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".