Bristol seems to be breeding so many talented illustrators. Ed Cheverton is most definitely one of them, and a prolific one too! He not only illustrates stories for us, but also makes super lovely wooden creatures, launches brilliant zines with his budding publishing house Dad Jazz Books and he even finds the time to be swapping illustrated goodies with other like-minded pals for his Postcard Club! Phew!
Who or what inspired you to draw?
I don't think I can narrow down to one thing; I've just always wanted to be a creative, and make work. From the age of about 8 until 17 me and my best friend at school would be constantly drawing stick figure battles and comics every day, and so I think just drawing for fun and telling a story with it has really stuck with me throughout my career.
Where do you go to find inspiration?
My work is deeply rooted in my personal interests and what I enjoy in life. I have always turned to Jazz music for inspiration; it's one of the most raw and creative musical forms i've every heard. Most of my work comes from my sense of play and fun, and recently has become a form of escapism from depression, stress and anxiety. I have a great love of the independent comics and zine world too, and I always draw inspiration from the DIY aspect of it.
Who is your drawing hero?
I am entirely enamored with the drawing and comics by the cartoonist Seth. After quite a couple of years of not drawing, I discovered his work whilst at University and it blew me away. His quality of line, composition and characterization is just perfect.
Describe your ideal drawing environment.
Somewhere warm, cosy, surrounded by loads of stuff like my toys, comics, lots and lots of paper. Quite messy but not chaotic. I find very clean and minimalist environments quite uninspiring and uncreative. There'd probably be some Jazz playing in the background and I'm drinking some sort of soft drink.
Ed is currently working on a comic about Witches, Wizards and Mages and is planning an exhibition of toys made by illustrators and artists. Good luck with it all Ed!