I was born in Woking, Surrey in 1977 – some would say with a paint brush in one hand and a pencil in the other! Here I enjoyed a happy childhood, spending most of my time buried under a mountain of drawing paper and watching cartoons on TV. I spent my school days avoiding anything academic and instead doodled caricatures of my friends during lessons . Somehow, I went on to qualify from the University with a Bachelor of Education in Art & Design and have been teaching Art in a variety of schools in the UK and abroad ever since.
Although teaching offers me the opportunity to mess around with clay and paint all day I have always returned to my first love of illustration, and in particular illustration for children's books. I work in a variety of media that includes coloured pencil, felt pen, gouache and more recently digital. My work has been described as ‘story telling with whimsical charm, warmth and humour’ and I’d like to think that is pretty true!
I now live by the sea on Hayling Island with my wife Julia and our cat ‘Action Alf’. I love seeing an initial idea come to life on a page and can’t think of anything better than to be sitting at my desk drawing my next character and sipping on a nice hot cuppa!
Question 1 : Jazz or Opera?
I'm not a particular fan of either to be honest but I can appreciate both. When someone mentions 'Jazz' to me I immediately think of the sketch in the comedy series 'The Fast Show' ! and similarly, Pavarotti singing 'Nessun Dorma' during the 1990 football world cup. So with the link to football I'd have to sway towards Opera, i guess!
Question 2 : Sofa or Gym?
In theory my head always tell me 'Go to the gym!' but after a long day at work and then a couple more hours in the evening illustrating it is very difficult to find the time to go the the gym...It's much easier to go to the sofa! So I think my answer would have to be , Sofa
Question 3 : DC or Marvel?
This one is pretty easy for me, I'm a massive fan of Spiderman so I would have to go Marvel :-D
Question 4 : Beer or Wine?
On a hot Summer's day their is nothing better than sinking down the first ice cold beer, similarly in Winter when huddled round a fire, a nice pint of ale does hit the spot ! As for wine, I'm not adverse to drinking that too ;-)
Question 5 : PC or Mac?
My first computer my family bought was a commodore 64 when I was 8. ' Hungry Horace' and 'Purple Turtle' were my favourite games. It was such a thing of its time, stodgy graphics and a tape player that would take an age to load! I then moved onto an Amiga, a pretty powerful machine some would say, capable of doing many things..this was all rather lost on me as all I used it for was to play 'Champ Manager' on it morning, noon and night!. Throughout my life I have always worked on PC but nothing beats a Mac when it comes to illustrating. I'm not ashamed to admit that i'm just that little bit in love with my Mac!
To view more of my work you can visit my webpage here :timbudgen.com