I use illustration like an escape. You can draw anything you want. You just need a pencil, paper and your imagination.
I feel the same way when I’ve had the opportunity to see a West End or Broadway show. Priscilla Queen Of The Desert in London was, hands down, the best musical I ever went to. I laughed the whole time, the music carried me away and the costumes were something else. I urge to see it if you can. When I watch the movie and it instantly cheers me up.
Last time I was in New York I went to How To Succeed In Business (Without Really Trying) which was amazing. It was really clever in story and set design. It had a real Mad Men feel about it too.
And Off Broadway I saw Avenue Q which was a riot. I still find myself singing some of the songs. I was so entertained by the puppets that I wasn’t looking at the puppeteers. There was a real ‘feel good’ atmosphere about it.
And from one puppet show to another, I visited the Jim Henson exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, NY. It was a total escape back to my childhood. So free and colourful that you couldn’t help but smile. It displayed videos behind the scenes, actual puppets and sketches and designs for characters.
The Jim Henson exhibit had a big impact on me. He was just himself and it came through in everything he did. That is my aim and I think the collection that I am working on now is the most like my personality than any I have done before.