#MeetTheCreatives: Thomas Hedger
September 12, 2016
Thomas Hedger is an award-winning artist based in London. From The Guardian to The New York Times, his colourful, eye-catching work is a regular feature in publications around the world.
[Carmen:] Hi Thomas, can you tell us how you generate ideas for your illustrations and explain your creative process?
[Thomas:] Becoming a graphic based artist came out of the need to satisfy a constant urge to drawâ€Šâ€”â€ŠI found digital media a natural outlet for me to quickly process my artwork from first thoughts to finished forms. I just dive right into drawing on the mac; I like starting with a blank canvas, trying to project whatâ€™s in my head out onto the screenâ€Šâ€”â€Šworking with line and the negative space it creates.
[T:] Inspiration generally comes from the little things in the world and their shape or shadow and it rolls from there. Often something will manifest inside my head and Iâ€™ll become fixated on it until itâ€™s drawnâ€Šâ€”â€Šhopefully turing the everyday into something a bit more bitesize, vibrant and fun.
My style comes from a transition between pen and paper to digital, Iâ€™ve kept my outlines and use of white paper for negative space, the rest is a colour palette Iâ€™ve been slowly building upon.
[C:] You recently won a D&AD pencil at New Blood 2016 and have been listed as one of the Top 25 Illustrators by Itâ€™s Nice That, thatâ€™s quite a year! Whatâ€™s next?
[T:] Iâ€™m hoping to work on some more prints; itâ€™s so nice to be able to pull an illustration from the digital realm and apply it to paper. Iâ€™d like to curate a printed series of work. I often jump from one subject to the next, so concentrating on producing a substantial series could be quite exciting.
[C:] As one of the first artists to collaborate with Joto, what did you think?
[T:] Joto is absolutely mesmerising. When I first saw it bringing my piece to life I couldnâ€™t stop watching. There are certainly some very exciting applications in store for Joto as it operates with such dexterity and speed in transforming digital works into a tangible analogue form.