Continuing with my Sunday Artist Interviews, now it’s 6 months in and going brilliantly! I can’t even describe how happy I am that these have caught on… Please do take a look back at the other artists who have willingly answered the questions, but for now, here’s the lovely Bob from The Tiny Art Co to tell us who he is and of course, his favourite cheese…
First of all, who are you?
The Tiny Art Co is just me, Bob. I live just outside Salisbury and by day work for the Government. I draw up to 300 characters in a single drawing taking up to 35 hours.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I wanted to be an astronaut or a fighter pilot. A car accident saw to that. A few years as an astrophotographer got me much closer to space than most, and it got me some prizes and magazine features which I was grateful for.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
Being told by Christmas Market officials to cover up the main subject of my “Having a Baby” work as it was disturbing children. It is just a baby being born. If only they had looked at the detail in the background they would have seen far more shocking imagery!!
What is the hardest part of being creative?
I still find it hard to ignore the 1 negative comment amongst 99 good ones. And a lot of people at Comic Cons and markets will never get “one person doing this” vs “Homebase do cushions much cheaper”!!
(What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Get to know other artists!! Build your network, exhibit, stand in the cold on Christmas Markets, join local art groups. Makes thing a whole lot easier!!
What subjects inspire you?
Pop culture inspires me! Comic Cons are fantastic, Cosplayers I adore. If ever there was a place for people who feel isolated, different and alone a Comic Con is the place to feel loved.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
Lianne Elliot is an outstanding animal artist I have recently discovered and Sam Whiting-Jones has similar skills, I am in awe of the two of them!! Paul Oz is a modern “pop artist” I love.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Caneletto, Goya and Miro. Stuck with me since studying Fine Art. Technically brilliant, shocking and quirky in that order. Love them.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
Got to be this one! An 84 hour piece I did at Art College in 1992 “the History of the World”.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
“Endangered” was the last original sold.
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Has to be Red Leicester every time!!