Draw me something: Rob Flowers.

This week, our drawing hero is the master of psychedelia himself, Rob Flowers. He has contributed to Anorak many many times and most recently was the guest illustrator of our Circus edition. When he is not drawing, he can be found trawling eBay or carboot sales in search of rare vintage toys to add to his amazing collection. You can see some of his treasures here.

Who or what inspired you to draw?
I'm not sure really, I don't come from a family with lots of artists or anything, I just seemed to be a natural thing that I always enjoyed doing. Plus it was the only thing I was good at at school, I could always draw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles better than anyone else in my class.

Where do you go to find inspiration?
I collect a lot of stuff (toys mostly) so I usually go to my cluttered shelves for inspiration, other than that I love a trip to the Museum of Childhood (London) & killing a bit of time (& money!) trailing eBay. Currently I am obsessed with vintage Salamander shoes toys. Salamander is a German shoe company that used to make these huge toads, hedgehog and frog characters.

Who is your drawing hero?
If I could pick one person to be able to draw like it would be Windsor McCay. His drawings blow me away every time I look at them. I often look at Little Nemo in Slumberland & just marvel at his drawing skill. I also love Dr. Seuss because he rules.

Describe your ideal drawing environment.
My studio with Radio 4 on & a freshly sharpened 2B pencil.

Rob is currently busy drawing for 'Helmets for Heroines' a charity auction in aid of Breast Cancer Scare as well as working on some laser cut wooden dioramas based on folkloric creatures. Looking forward to seeing those!