Jimmy Hay says he tries to present a sense of joy and vigour in his work. With amusing characters, a vivid palette, and scenes that look like a pretty fun place to hang out, he achieves just that.
Jimmy’s playful illustrations start life as bold linear drawings in his sketchbooks. We love the quirkiness and slightly surreal characters and situations in these sketches and think he does a good job bringing the same tone into the final images.
Jimmy tells us more about the process of moving his work from his sketchbooks onto the next stages and the various other elements that influence his work.
“I mainly work from home in my front room. I live in a quiet area of Hackney in East London so it’s a nice and calm place to work during the day.”
“It can get lonely working by yourself so it’s good to go outside for a walk and really important to make time to meet friends and socialise.”
“In terms of my process, I usually sit and think for quite a long time about what it is I need to draw and try to really visualise the image in my mind. I will then start to do some quick sketches in my sketchbook before making it more precise.”
“I have recently started to use black felt pens in my sketchbook as I’ve become more confident with my line. I really like the contrast you can get with just black and white and shadows.”
“Once I am happy with a sketch, I will scan it in and work in up in Photoshop. This usually just involves me playing around with colours and possibly adding some textures.”
“I use Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. It took me quite a while to get used to it but once I got the hang of it, it really helped with working on the computer.”
“I try to keep my work fun and energetic. That’s the whole ethos behind my illustration really. I want to communicate life and energy.”
“I have recently been reading a lot about philosophy and spirituality so I hope to include some new ideas from my reading into my newer work.”
All images © Jimmy Hay