Ben the Illustrator has been bringing colour to the world for 20 years, initially working in animation before focusing on illustration. Ben loves to travel and never goes anywhere without his sketchbook, bringing his drawing to a more colourful, graphic life when he returns to his studio!
Tough one! Both classics and both full of attitude but I think I'd have to go with Donald, his mood swings are pretty charming, and design-wise I always liked his face and the orange/blue colour palette.
Marvel or DC?
Marvel! In the modern day it's because there's been some great movies, Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy especially for me. But looking back Marvel played a huge part in my childhood because of the book 'How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way' which I read and copied and loved and read all over again for a solid few years in my early teens, I still have the same copy on a shelf in my studio now. It taught me about perspective and dynamics and building a scene which is a great education whatever you end up illustrating.
Veganuary or Movember
To be honest I've never done either but I do think Movember is an amazing thing for charity fundraising. Both good though, Veganuary for your own body and the environment and Movember for charity and creative facial styling.
Photoshop or Illustrator?
Easy... Illustrator. I've always been a vector illustrator, I actually started illustrating using Flash (I was working in animation at the time) and then had to jump onto Illustrator for a freelance job and haven't looked back. 15 years on and it's still a joy to create clean lines and block shapes and play with strong colour palettes. I find the process quite meditative, I can go for hours, it's the best therapy I have on a bad day. I owe my career to Adobe Illustrator!
Fruit cake or Samosa?
As much as I love Indian food my sweet-tooth would never forgive me if I didn't go for fruit cake. I wish I had a fruit cake anecdote for you but I don't. My sweet-tooth has frequently influenced my life though, early in my career I was part of a small animation and design studio and for no particular reason we started a creative campaign to get more people eating jam sandwiches, we had a website, online games and animations and I even ended up on BBC Radio 4 with comedian Dave Gorman pitching the mass sale of jam sandwiches to Pret A Manger. They didn't take us up on it and I never became the jam sandwich millionaire I wanted to be. What a depressing end to a lovely set of questions.