We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram.We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday.Please meet London, United Kingdom based illustrator and maker Chester Holme.
What are you working on at the moment? I’m pretty busy at the momentactually! In classic freelancing style, I hadn’t had much in the way ofcommissioned work for a little bit and then in the space of about a week fiveor six jobs came in all at once. So right now, I’m spending most of my timefinishing a short comic for the next issue of Lök Zine and in the backgroundI’m working on illustrations for False 9 magazine and Forerunner magazine’swebsite which is launching next month I think. Then when those are done, I’vegot a private commission, a really fun Magic: the Gathering group project and apitch for a brewery to work on. So yeah, pretty busy!
What is your work process like? I get bored quite easily doing the samething day after day so I’ve never really managed to establish a rigid workingroutine or process. I’ve also never been very good at working in sketchbooks,so what generally happens is that I just start working with a vague idea ofwhat I want to do and then figure the rest out as I go. I’ve been making a realeffort recently to try to plan out images and components and colour palettesbeforehand, but it just doesn’t come that naturally. I work in the same wayregardless of whether the project is commercial or personal. I generally startwith a stupid joke and then try to figure out how the image can set up thatpunchline. I really dislike overly earnest and sentimental illustration, so Itry to keep things as irreverent as the brief allows. Once I’ve figured outwhat I’m trying to communicate and very loosely drawn any tricky compositionalelements or poses in a sketchbook, I go straight into photoshop and getstarted. If there is a lot to think about in the piece I’m working on I’lllisten to music (It’s been largely Danzig and Black Sabbath while I’ve beendoing this most recent comic), If I can just zone out and work semiautomatically I’ll put on an audiobook or a podcast.
Favorite worksnack? I’m not really much of a snacker during the day, I kind of get suckedinto doing whatever work I’m doing and lose sense of my surroundings. I drink alot of tea and coffee though, which serves the dual purpose of caffeination andforcibly breaking me away from the screen at regular intervals to empty my tinybladder.
Any personalprojects on the side that you're excited about? I think thatthere is a lot of potential in this comic I’ve been making for Lok Zine. Itscalled Wanderers of the silent Temple, and Its about a slightly pathetic cultof stoners. I feel like I’ve finally made the piece of work that I’ve beentrying to arrive at for a couple of years and I’ve got enough ideas fornarratives existing in the same universe to put together a collection. I’vealso been having a lot of ideas for ceramics – a part of my practice that I’vekind of let go in the last year through focusing on illustration work – and I’mfeeling really energised and excited to start getting back into clay!
Follow Chester on Instagram and check out his portfolio at www.chesterholme.co.uk