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1. What's your story? Where are you from?My name is Sonny Ross and I'm a full time freelance illustrator and I grew up in Cheshire, now living in Manchester, U.K..
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.It's weird I either go for super graphic and using only a couple of colours to over the top texture work, I like to think I'm striking a comfortable balance between the two most of the time.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?I have used Procreate app on iPad for about 3 years now, I still draw everything by hand it's just more efficient to finish up on a tablet as it feel like drawing. Initially it was just to get quick roughs to clients but once I started making my own brushes I couldn't go back to Photoshop, even my book was completely done with that.
4. What is your artistic process like?Roughs. The first 3 ideas I have all have something good and two things bad so I try not to waste time and I thumbnail like crazy. Once an idea fits, I start working it up, it's at this point I decide whether it should be clean and bold or heavily textured. A good trick I've learned is once I think it's done, before sending to the client I leave it for a bit and look at it later, if it's still good I send it off, it's easy to get tunnel vision on a project.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?I'm friends with a number of illustrators all with totally opposite styles and clients, having for example comic books inform how I approach an editorial illustration, a still life improving a food illustration. It inspires me to see people approach something in a way I wouldn't have, for better or worse.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?For a while I tried to pretend it was 'just a job' like any other but art has invaded how I see everything. I can't look at an illustration without trying to 'decode' it, mentally working backwards as to how they reached the final image. It's like a puzzle, and they're everywhere.
7. Where did you study?I studied illustration at Birmingham City University, which was great. I've never had to mention my degree of course but the skills I developed there and the people I met provided a good place to start. Basically I sucked, but they pointed me in the right direction.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?In 5 years I hope il be in the position where I'm not just 'getting by' on illustration, granted you don't do it to get rich, but I'd like to have a steady enough workload that I don't worry so much. As for agencies, I'm represented by United Agents but that's just for children's books, which is like a fun side thing. At the moment I am getting in touch with agencies for editorial illustration and design, so we'll see.
9. What about in ten?In 10 years il probably be alright. Haha that's actually how I see it, generally, il be okay.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?I like making things look good, I hope I'm doing that. Also getting to the point where I don't have to do 'cold call' emails, they always make me feel like a turd.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?I cook a lot, so there are a lot of fancy meals that should be number one, but after a long day something nasty and greasy usually is the best.
12. Favourite book?Stephen King: From a Buick 8. Love that book, really hope they don't turn it into a god awful prime original or something. Just leave it alone, it's fine.
13. Favourite genre of music?I love music across the board but for me Soul music is unmatched.
14. What are your hobbies?I play video games. I'm big into podcasts, especially when working. I dunno, is food a hobby? I love cooking it and eating it and it takes up a lot of time so it's probably best to call it a hobby.
15. If you weren't an artist, what would you be?Bored.