- Oscar Bolton Green
- London, UK
CF: how did you get started with illustration? when did you realize you wanted to become an illustrator full time?
From an early age I have spent most of my time drawing. When I was a child my bedroom walls were covered in drawings I had done. Then when I was a teenager graffiti became a huge part of my life. Then at art college I was introduced to illustration and graphic design.
CF: where do you normally get your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from all kinds of things, but ultimately it’s all about observation.
”When I was a child my bedroom walls were covered in drawings I had done“
CF: your illustrations often feature sort of warped, caricatured characters. for lack of a better term, they are almost “elmer-fuddian”. what can you tell us about them?
The simplicity of my characters stems from the graphic way I work. They have a quietness, which gives them a versatility but also gives them a humorous potential. As a child I read a lot of Asterix so I think that’s where the big noses come from.
CF: if you could soundtrack your work, what would you choose?
I think the sound effects in my ‘Alphabet Animation’ – a project I did at college – really captures the mood of my drawings. It’s a mixture of edited voice and audio samples, which I recorded with a friend of mine. It’s a process I really enjoyed doing, so I’ve been thinking about doing another version at some point.
”As a child I read a lot of Asterix so I think that’s where the big noses in my characters come from“
CF: what is your favorite thing about living in London?
For me the best thing about London is the beautiful parks – perfect for football, relaxation and watching funny dogs.
CF: what are you currently working on? are there any projects in particular you would like to get your hands on in the future?
At the moment I’m working on some big drawings, alongside commercial projects. I regularly do album of the month for Rolling Stone. Another children’s book for Corraini is in the pipeline also. But yeah, of course there are lots of things I dream about doing – like a public mural, animated visuals for a live music event, designs for products, a London Underground poster.