10 Questions with Jo Bird

Thu 25 Oct 2012

Ever wanted to find out more about our artists? Their best technical discovery? Their favourite decade? Or their favourite smell?

Well, we did! Which is why we posed 10 questions to our roster of talented illustrators and designers to find out more about what makes them tick!

This week we've interviewed our studio-based artist, Jo Bird...

Who are you idols?
Gil Elvgren – beautiful pin ups. And James Jean, what a talent for drawing!

personal prawns

What’s your favourite snack whilst working?
Guylian Seashells – feel free to send me some!

What’s your favourite music to work to?
Folk music – Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons, Ray LaMontagne... and some Cat Stevens.

What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Everyday is a highlight... seeing your work in print never fails to please!

ben lutz

What was the most stressful job and how did you resolve the problem?
Er just with hard work- back to the drawing board. Again and again and Groundhog Day!!!!

What’s the best technical discovery for you?
The Wacom tablet. End of. Ooh and that pen you can carry water in that’s meant to be for Japanese writing, but makes my lines soft!

Who’s your dream client?
Amazingly I sometimes prefer clients to not accept the first draft. Annoying at the time but sometimes the work improves if its been a struggle to get there...

china town

Describe your work in 3 words.
Loopy, scratchy, and strays-outside-the-lines-more-than-appropriate

What’s your favourite decade and why?
The 70's. Relaxed and blissfully unaware of things like MSG and free radicals. Though let's take it back even further – the 50's - so I can meet and marry Don Draper!

3 strange facts about you.
1) I'm not who I say I am.
2) I like the smell of hardware shops.
3) I hate the BeeGees.