Interview: Jeff Parker, illustrator

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Jeff Parker is a Nottingham-based illustrator... Freeq catches up with him for a for a brief chat.

How did you get into illustration?

Like many others it was kind of by accident. I'd trained as a designer and had worked in a couple of studios but found that I ended up doing more and more illustration work. Then I realised that by being self-employed and working freelance I could offer my services to a much broader range of clients. 

What do you love about it?

I guess the best aspect is that the job is constantly changing. No two projects are ever exactly the same and each new job brings its own set of challenges: to answer the brief. 

Who or what inspires you?

I know it's a cliché, but everything. We’re all bombarded with images every day. It's all about saving up those tiny bits of inspiration, letting them germinate for a while and then using them when a project presents itself. 

What do you have planned for 2009?

The bulk of my work has been for professional bodies, like ad agencies, publishers and production companies; but with a lot of interest from people wanting illustrations of themselves, family, friends and colleagues, I now take commissions from the public as well - I can transform their loved ones into ‘toons’. 

Do you have a website?

It's under construction as we speak; you'll find it at very soon, maybe even now!

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