• Caitlin Kennedy

Arthur Deering

Tell us about your cover - how did you go about making it?

Usually, I’d sketch on a graphics tablet directly onto the computer, but as I’m on season I didn’t bring one with me. So I sketched it out on paper and then used illustrator to ink and colour it. This isn’t something I’d normally do but I really enjoyed it.

Is it a self portrait?

I’d love to say yes but I’ve never been upside down on a snowboard. Not yet anyways.

It looks like a still from an animation, is that something you’re interested in?

Definitely, I’ve been interested in animation since secondary school. Part of IT class was making presentations in PowerPoint and I used it to make south park style cartoons. Since leaving school I’ve made animations for flash games on the internet, short cartoons about video games, little sketches, and I’m currently working on 3D animations for computer game with some friends from school.

If you had to name your cover what would it be called?

That’s a tough question; I’ve never named anything but my goldfish. It would have to be CoverDraft2.png or maybe “5 feet high and rising”.

Do you normally work in a cartoon-style?

I always have, I’ve tried more realistic styles, but it’s not for me. I can get away with a lot more in a cartoon style.

What inspires you?

The thing that inspires me most is people and personalities.

Do you come from a design background?

Not in a professional sense but it’s always been a hobby, I’ve always been creative.

What was your favourite comic/cartoon when you were little?

Growing up I always remember watching the Simpsons at 4pm on Channel 4 after school, and Mona the Vampire In the mornings before school. Those are the two that stand out from my early childhood. Then in my early teens the internet arrived and I found websites like newgrounds.com where people could upload cartoons and I was hooked immediately.

Do you plan to go into an artistic profession further down the line?

At the moment I’m happy keeping it as a hobby, but if I got the opportunity to turn it into a job I’d jump at it. Who wouldn’t!

Thanks Arthur!

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