Artist Interview: Tom Handy – Illustrator

Tom Handy IllustrationTell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
“My name is Tom Handy, I’m currently living and studying illustration in Bristol in the UK. I’m originally from Cheltenham where I grew up on a farm spending most of my time drawing.”

What’s your inspiration?
“I don’t think I’d be able to narrow it down to an “inspiration’ – I am influenced by many things – mostly visual – but also other types of things. I do keep a separate personal blog where I repost things that catch my eye and interest me (as well as post some of my own work too), so if anyone wanted to see what I’m into the blog address is

Tom Handy IllustrationHow do you keep motivated?
I work quite fast so when I have a burst of motivation I can get things done and see the results fairly quickly, which helps me feel good about it and want to do more. I also post most of my work online as soon as I think I’ve finished it and any positive response keeps me going. I also like the idea of actually doing well for myself through what I do because I really love it and want to keep doing it.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
“One day I’d love to be able to create a giant 3D versions of my work (similar to KAWS’ companions) because I think my style would translate well into sculpture, and it would be amazing to see my work as real physical objects.

Tom Handy IllustrationTom Handy IllustrationWhat’s your dream project?
“To have a diverse and inspiring group of collaborators with a large budget for doing whatever we wanted. That would be awesome.”

What art supplies do you use?
“I’ve been starting my sketches with red crayon recently and I really like it, I don’t really know why though. But yeah I sketch my idea down and then ink it using fine liners and posca markers before scanning it in and editing and colouring it on Adobe Illustrator.

Tom Handy IllustrationAny other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
“My housemates who are also on my course!
Jono Kamester
Willem Purdy
Karnn Bhullar
Amie Smart
Torrell Ward

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