This issue’s cover artist, Andy Williams, talks creative projects, the Major oak, and comic illustration...
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’ve been a full-time illustrator and animator for the last ten years, and I’m lucky enough to get to work with a massive variety of people from around the world. I’ve worked with clients including ice-cream manufacturers, global entertainment companies, and even banks.
What was the inspiration behind this piece?
I was aiming to capture the Major Oak in a new way. These days it’s held up by poles and fenced off; that’s how I’ve always remembered it. I wanted to show the tree full of life on a bright and sunny Nottinghamshire morning, incorporating a fantasy feel with some interesting animals and characters.
How does it compare with other projects you’ve worked on?
Most of my illustrations are heavily fantasy-themed with strange and unusual creatures but, for this, I needed to be a little more grounded to reality. I wanted to capture the iconic landmark while showing it in a new and unseen way.
Tell us about projects you’ve worked on in the past…
The biggest project of 2019 was my interactive online story/comic. Technically, it’s still ongoing; I’m working on new ways to develop it. Aside from my comic illustrations, the majority of my back catalogue has been pretty varied. I’ve animated short ads for huge global entertainment companies; in the same breath, I’ve created illustrated characters for a small museum in Canada.
What have you got planned for the future?
I’ll be focusing on developing my own comics and stories rather than working on commissions. That’s where my true passion and enjoyment is.
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