Ben likely needs no introduction especially if you’re a fellow illustrator – and even if you’re not – there’s a good chance you’ve seen his work, whether it was in the Guardian, GQ or for one of the other high profile clients he’s worked with.
Ben also produced a phenomenal survey of over 1000 illustrators in 2017, and this was partly why I couldn’t wait to chat to him. We discuss his surprising findings, as well as his ideal workday routine, what he would do differently if he started all over today, and some of Ben’s favourite podcasts.
What we discussed:
Ben’s transition from animation to illustration
What animation can teach us about storytelling
What surprised Ben about the results of his Illustrators Survey
The illustrator’s favourite choice of social media
Working from home vs. working in a studio
Ben’s workday routine
Whether or not illustrators consider themselves artists or businesses
The shocking % of illustrators who aren’t living sustainably off their trade
Ben’s advice to students and recent illustration graduates
What Ben would have done differently if we was starting again today