If you melted Ren & Stimpy in a pot of fluorescent paint and then cut it with sour Chewits – you probably still wouldn’t have the potency of a Rob Flowers illustration.
Seemingly born on planet neon and raised on a steady diet of Happy Meal toys and Cartoon Network, Rob’s imagination is matched only with the boldness of his style. After seeing his work on blogs across the net, we had to get in touch to see what makes him tick…
What is your first memory of drawing?
My first proper memory of drawing was copying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from my annuals in school, I was always the best in my class at drawing them.
How would you describe your style?
I never know what to say when I’m asked that, but someone once described my stuff as “trippy…. as if you took a whole load of acid, ate too much candyfloss and went on the waltzers at your town’s local fair. It’s all a bit much, borderline grotesque, but you had a brilliant time.” I think that sums it up pretty well.
There’s nothing in particular that I don’t like drawing, but as a general rule I’m not a massive fan of things that I have to draw without any characterisation to them. I like things to have faces so anything without one can bore me a bit.
Is there anyone’s work that has caught your eye recently?
I’m always in awe of Takahiro Komuro‘s sculpture, the scale and level of detail in his stuff blows my mind. My favourite illustrator working today is probably Will Sweeney, his stuff just rules. Oh also Felt Mistress‘ recent stuff has been amazing. The characters and craftmanship in her work is next level awesome.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a print for The Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, which has been really great fun, I’m writing and illustrating a story about Henry VIII for the next issue of Anorak magazine.
I’m also designing some packaging for a pop up fast food restaurant and I’ve been working on some 10 second videos for Converse with a friend. Oh, and I’ve also got a print in the next Blisters show at Print Club London.