Alex Shayler is a young artist who I had the chance to interview a while back. Here's what he had to say.
How would you describe your work?
I work in pen and ink and my drawings are straightforward and powerful.
What first made you interested in illustration?
I started doodling in my school sketchbook and my art teacher, Mrs. Colburn, was very helpful and encouraged me. She told me to watch me a television programme, The Pacific, which was about the war and I really liked the drawings used in the credits. I wanted to do something similar but I wanted to make it a bit different. Just black and white and just with pen and ink. I think people were shocked when they first saw my drawings, and this is what has made me carry on as I like the reaction.
What inspires your drawings?
My mum told me about my great-great grandad, who died during the first world war, and that's mainly what inspired me to draw military subjects.
What do you want to do with art in the future?
I love drawing and I am very happy carrying on with what I do. If I could have a job drawing full time that would be my dream.
I'd like to thank Alex for his time, and I hope to see more work of his in the future!
Also, 2012 is very nearly over. I'd like to send a huge thanks to everyone who supported the blog over this year, as we're just starting out. Thank you for reading and telling your friends. Here's to a great 2013, everyone. Happy New Year.