Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and a bit about your life at this moment in time?
My name is Will Richards and I am an illustrator living in Brighton, UK. I specialise in branding and merchandising, mostly for bands, clothing brands & restaurants. I work out of a shared studio space with 6 other incredible illustrators and 3 even more incredible dogs.
How long have you been an artist for? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I have been an artist for about 10 years now and 5 or 6 of that has been full time freelance. While i've always enjoyed drawing, it's not something i've always wanted to do because I honestly didn't believe I could make a living out of it. I used to work two part time jobs and work on personal work/commissions on the evenings and weekends, until eventually I could leave one of the jobs and start cutting down my hours at the other as my freelance work got busier.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you do instead?
For a long time I wanted to be a guitar technician, but failing that I would have probably either been a carpenter, a gardener or a postman.
What’s happening in your near future?
My near future is looking pretty relaxed which is a welcome change for me as the past few months have been so crazy busy with travel, weddings, 30th birthdays and lots of work. I am hoping to get some time to do a little more painting.
What has been your career highlight so far?
There have been so many! In terms of my highest profile commission, that would be a couple of t-shirts with Nike for the US Olympic Track and Field Trials. Working with a brand I already buy from like Dark Arts Coffee or P&Co is always a highlight. But probably my overall highlight is being asked to create all the art for Canterbury based brewery FLOC, as a freelancer getting a regular gig is few and far between so to have this project to keep coming back to is a real treat.