It has been an intense 6 months, to say the very least. When I was first approached by Ravi Thornton (The Tale of Brin & Brent and Minno Marylebone, 2012, reviewed by my favourite comic store heroes here) back in January to be a newly featured illustrator in a collaborative project, alongside some of the most influential and famous names in British and international comics, I couldn't quite believe it myself. Even more bizarrely, when reading one of my University recommended books Basics Illustration: Thinking Visually by Mark Wigan I came across quotes and advice from one of the hugely talented HOAX Illustrators Rian Hughes. To be honest, I still can't quite believe it now, and I'm pretty sure a handful of people think I spent the last 6 months locked in my apartment just being anti-social (I wish!).
However, as of the evening of September 13th, my 6-page spread of HOAX is done. Uploaded, sent off, finished. And it is the strangest feeling ever. To work 40-hour weeks at the lowly paid, tiring day-job, then to come home to hours at my desk, and now.. Freedom. I am so incredibly happy to have finished, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy my experience. Even through the worst feelings of tiredness, stress-related ailments and lacking brain function I managed to achieve all I wanted to, and more. The ultimate moment of receiving a beaming email from Ravi was one of the happiest moments of my life. All that hard work paid off, and come next year, there will be a graphic novel with my work in it. YAAAAAY! (ahem, sorry.)
I hope you all realise this means you have to buy a copy of HOAX when it is released. Not for my benefit, but because it is a beautiful story about a man called Rob, and his struggle with schizophrenia.
I can honestly say that Ravi has been the most supportive and helpful boss I could ever have hoped for, and I hope that one day in the future we'll work together again. Even though HOAX is over for me now, Ravi will be piecing it all together for months and months to come, and for anyone interested in her other work (the woman knows how to multi-task!) please do head over to her Facebook page and 'like' what you see!
Not only has HOAX finished, but my full time job also ended to make way for my embarking on a three-year University course in Illustration which started this week. I have more things to tell you all about, but for now I shall leave you with this vast amount of ramblings. Just know that somewhere in the back streets of Northampton in my cosy abode, I am very, very happy right now. Relieved, proud, and happy.”