Rob Hodgson describes himself as an illustrator, writer, and English gnome. “I make pictures in quite a traditional sense,” he explained in an interview with Artflakes. “I like to write and draw.”
Bright, whimsical, and deliberately unpolished, his illustrations speak to our inner child. “I am concerned with elements of design in an image- shape, line, color, and composition. Early 20thC ideas,” says Hodgson, explaining that he approaches his work with a curiosity of techniques and can be equally found rummaging around in the trash for unlikely materials, as he is buried in a computer working on new digital processes.
Born in a seaside town in the south of England in 1988, his creative passion sparked when he was just a child. “I think drawing comes before words and I’m still really interested in that level of communication,” he says. “At university, I learned so much,” he adds. “I read as much as I could and soaked it all up. I lived with diverse image-makers – comics artists, filmmakers, painters. It’s so healthy to be around a lot of people, otherwise, I’d get too serious and fall down a hole.”
Now based in Bristol, he is fully committed to the idea of being an illustrator and author. See for yourself.