Colourful, Textural, Collage
My mother was a very accomplished artist, some of my earliest memories are of crawling around her studio while she was working on oil painting portrait commissions. Before learning to write my name, I was already drawing and painting everything in sight… so ‘want’ had nothing to do with it - I just was.
After graduating from Montserrat College of Art, I began my career as a graphic designer and illustrator. My first published illustrations were for the Op-Ed pages of local newspapers. At that time, I actually worked in pen and ink! Eventually developed a cut and paste collage technique and carried that into the digital realm.
I start by working up concept sketches or just kicking ideas around in my head, then I’ll experiment with different paintings or mono-print textures as a base ‘under-painting’. I build my illustration on top of that in Adobe Photoshop by compositing/layering various elements.
Commissions are one source. I’m inspired by the challenge and pressure of trying to visually interpret an article/narrative. When not working on a commissioned illustration, inspiration can come from strolling through a museum, cinema, nature, riding my bike. Doodling away with pen and paper or cut and paste collages.
Social justice/politics are topics that I seem to revisit often… anything that you feel passionate about brings a lot of energy to the process.
That would have to be The 2019 International Monetary Fund Annual Report. The cover alone went through 15 rounds of revisions. Sometimes when you’re working with a Design Studio/Art Director, you can get caught between their vision for the illustration and what their client wants. It did have a happy ending, so there’s that.
Mixed media collage combined with drawing, I find the immediacy and synergy of this juxtaposition very exciting, it always leads to surprises.
Analog and digital living in perfect harmony.
An X-Acto knife and Photoshop.
Mono-print making and Mosaics.
Roy's 2 Minute Self-Portrait