Today, our drawing hero is Ben Javens. His drawings make me wish I could dive in them. Walk about in his illustrated world. Imagine that?! Together, we collaborated on Pam & Tom, two best friends who live in a world of their own. Here's what inspires Ben:
Who or what inspired you to draw?
I always liked to draw when I was younger and would read comics and try to copy them but I think I was most inspired by my Auntie June and my Uncle Paul. Probably not what you would call "cool" artists (my Auntie really liked horses and so would draw them) but to my young mind there was nothing they couldn't draw… They were amazing.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
I don't go far. I usually just sit at my desk, listen to music and see whats happening in the garden (which isn't much but has a great calming effect).
Who is your drawing hero?
It changes all the time. At the moment I really love the work of Henry McCausland. His work is really great and seems effortless but I know I could never do anything like it.
Describe your ideal drawing environment.
Being alone at my desk.
Ben is currently writing (and drawing) a children's picture book about a boy surrounded by nothing. He says: "It's quite tough drawing nothing." He is also making a puppet based on the folk character 'Jack in the Green' for an exhibition curated by Peter Slight.