Artist Interview: Gavin Dobson

I have admired Gavin Dobson’s work for a while and just love his gritty, urban artistic style. Read on to find out more about him and be sure to check out his collections on ImageZoo: Urban Life and Urban Youth.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as an artist?
I am a London-based artist originally from the northeast of England. I have lived in London for fifteen years now. I originally trained formally in fine art although my main training previous to that was a huge love of comic books and illustration. My tutors if that is what I can call them were Manet, Degas, Lautrec alongside the likes of Frank Miller and George Perez. I love the idea of catching a moment in a story or a snapshot of someone’s life.

Do you get creative block? If so, how do you overcome it and what inspires you to create?
Like every artist I do on occasion get creative block. I find other artistic mediums help me hugely, like music or theatre… I’m also a professional actor. My biggest advice is to doodle. A doodle to me has no rules or pressure.

Do you have a particular creative process when creating your art?
I don’t really have a set process. I always draw by hand and either colour Freehand or with Photoshop. I’m straying from computers more of late as I’m enjoying human mistakes with art.

How would you describe your sense of artistic style?
My artistic style is quite quirky bold and urban.

What kinds of things are you working on now?
I’m currently working on several card designs which are very quirky. A dark pen and ink graphic novel and working on some art for a gallery in London.

Thanks Gavin for taking the time to answer our questions!

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