HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN FETISH ART?
I’ve been drawing since the age of 7. I loved art and knew it was what I wanted to do when I grew up. At school my favorite artists were people like Anthony Green, David Hockney and Dali who are all very risque, so I guess my work has always leaned towards the kinky.
WHAT IS YOUR FORMAL ARTS BACKGROUND LIKE?
I had a great time with my studies. I did A level art at school, then after a foundation course at Bournville Art college, I did a degree in Illustration and Animation at Loughborough University. I was always causing controversy with my work at uni, I seem to remember a blow job scene I drew gained infamy in our class, I don’t think the tutors got my sense of humor!
When I finished Uni the illustration world was in the middle of a transition from traditional to digital media, so I took some time out to sort a way of working digitally that I was happy with. Now I’m 32 and I still sign my paintings with my school nickname Pudsy, I’m just a big kid really!
WHAT SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS AND TECHNIQUES ARE NECESSARY FOR YOUR WORK?
It’s all about having fun. If I'm enjoying my drawing and can make people smile from seeing my work then I'm happy. As long as I’ve got good photos to work from then I know the final picture will be good and it means I can work with people from all over the world.
I’m most comfortable using my trusty graphics tablet and Adobe Photoshop. It’s the quickest and least messy way for me to turn my vision into a final portrait. I’m currently trying to keep up with my workload, but you can still get a portrait commission within a few weeks.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CREATION?
That’s a tough one. I think the picture attached of Tattoo Liz (Liz3.jpg) is one of my favourites. She's a great model and fun to work with. When I was painting it the colors just seemed to come together nicely and you can see her R2 D2 tattoo as well which is a bonus.
DO YOU ENJOY FETISHISM/BDSM PLAY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AND IF SO WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
Who doesn’t!? I’m into pretty much anything. I don’t think your magazine is long enough to list everything here though. Let’s just say I’m not vanilla!
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT FETISH MODELING?
Fetish can be very sexual but I have to try and stay detached from the image, it helps that the models I work with are all so down to earth and lovely. For me it’s the thought of producing a great final image that’s exciting. It is hard not to get carried away sometimes though ;)
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF OUTFITS TO DRAW MODELS IN?
I love shiny things, they are great to draw. PVC or latex outfits are always good, they are hot!
WHAT OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS DO YOU WORK IN?
I can work in pretty much any media as long as the source material I’m using is good quality. I've done all sorts of art from Flash animation to graffiti wall murals. As long as I’m sure I can produce a good looking final piece then I’ll turn my hand to anything. I’ll consider all kinds of commissions so why not drop me an email?
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
Definitely! Pin up and burlesque seems to be popping up everywhere these days. It’s great to see something I love being accepted by the mainstream more. It’s like tattoos and piercings… if you look back ten years hardly anyone had them. It’s great that people can be more diverse without being judged. I just hope it’s here to stay and not just a fad.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
All sorts really, mostly stuff my wife hates! If I had to choose my favorite band it would be the Kinks, I love Ray Davies I think he’s a genius.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Outside of the bedroom? I love the movies. Being a big geek I've always been a fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. At my wedding last year I convinced my bride to use my Han Solo and Princess Leia action figures as cake toppers... it was ace!
I also like a good puzzle, so I’ve started a weekly celebrity guess who on my facebook page. Anyone can guess so it’s a good way to interact with fans of my art.