This may not be the most artistic of answers, but I like to keep my process really simple and flexible. My tools are basic and light: with an A5 sketchpad, a travel watercolour set, 1 brush, 3 pens, 1 pencil and an eraser. I don’t have a studio space. I illustrate on the move, finding slots of time between meetings, at the cafe during my lunch hour, sometimes before work at my desk, other times later in the evening at a friends place. As soon as I get an idea, and a bit of time, I find a small space to quickly sketch my design down before moving on to watercolour and ink. This is my daily meditation – a time out during an often hectic work schedule here in London – and it helps me de-stress, reset and replenish.
I think it’s the simplicity and flexibility in how, where and when I illustrate my otters that fills me with inspiration. I never feel stuck for ideas as I usually just observe and illustrate what’s around me. There is so much to take inspiration from if you watch people and places. I just try to inject some “otterlyness” into them, and characterise everyday people and events with otters. Looking at a blank page, in a studio space, trying to conjure up otter artwork is impossible for me – I take my cues from my daily life.