5 Question Interview #86

We put 5 Questions to artist Kev Crossley...

What’s the secret origin story that led to you becoming an artist and how did it all come together?

Well, like most people I've been drawing since my earliest days at school. However, unlike most of the other kids at school I simply never stopped! I chose art for my GCSE's, and I remember that all I did after school each evening was draw until nightfall. It never occured to me to do anything else when I grew up, but I went a roundabout route towards my prefered career: I studied graphic design at University, (where I was encouraged NOT to draw dragons and comic characters..).. and after I left I got a job as a video game/ concept artist. I did that for 10 years before getting my first freelance job drawing monsters for fantasy gaming books. Soon after I scored my first comic work. For 6 years I juggled my full time video game studio job with my growing freelance work until in 2008 I turned freelance full time.

What inspires you to create?

Well, the most honest answer (and probably the most pretentious,) is to say that, for me and others like me, 'creating' is as natural as breathing. If I'm not drawing, I'm writing, if I'm not drawing or writing, I'm mucking about with music software, and if I'm not doing any of that I'm usually thinking about or planning creative projects in my head. It can be annoying though: I can't read a comic, magazine or watch a film or TV show without finding something inspirational in it; so I'll have to stop what I'm doing to get my sketchbook or notepad out to get whatever ideas that come to me out of my head! 

Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?

I've had the good fortune to work on many cool projects, but I think the most noteable highlights involved meeting then working with some of my heroes: People whose art and writing fell through my parents' letterbox when I was a kid (in 2000AD) and caused me to drop my jaw on the floor each and every week. Finding myself socialising with some of these people, and spending time in their studios, watching them work was incredible. Humbling, exhilarating. 

Also, I have to say that a highlight I never anticipated was sketching for visitors at conventions! You meet so many interesting folk at these events and I've made a lot of friends who I meet up with up and down the country, year after year. Always an absolute joy, especially if I can send them on their way with a piece of art that brings a smile to their face!

This is your first year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day?

Okay, you'll see several folders filled with my original artwork. It won't just be comic art though, as I produce illustrations for so many different projects! There will be pencil work, inks, paintings, as well as prints of some of my more popular pieces. I hope to have copies of whatever recent publications my work has appeared in too. You'll also find ME there, pencils in hand, ready to sketch! 

If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?

Hmmm.. tough question! How about this: "Do, or do-not, there is no try." (Yoda.) ...I'm not even that much of a Star Wars fan, but that's a great line to live by isn't it!

Thanks Kev.

You can find more of Kev online at his website & Facebook page and you can follow him on Twitter @KevCrossley.  And be sure to stop by his table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".