Timeout with Jack Hughes

Timeouts are lightning-quick interviews. Five questions to help you get to know the players holding court at Dribbble. Many thanks to Jack for being today’s interviewee.

Who are you? Let us know where you hail from and what you do.

avatarHello! My name is Jack Hughes and I’m a (more or less) recent graduate from Kingston University London. I live in South London and was born here! I’m an illustrator, full time and freelancing. Thankfully I have not one but two agencies representing me, YCN in the UK and Agent Pekka Europe, which is nice.

What are you working on?

I’m the illustrator for Mr Hyde, the daily email service from ShortList, London’s largest circulated men’s lifestyle magazine. Mr Hyde aims to bring exactly that to an email, with features on where to eat meat in and around London, films to watch, gadgets to buy, galleries to visit, clothes to try etc. My illustrations have been a large part of the overall branding and each email features at least three. It’s been a nice on-going project that will see me working on into 2013 and perhaps beyond!

Choose a favorite shot of yours. Tell us why it’s a favorite.

Although it’s a relatively old shot it definitely evokes a happy time. The Gentleman’s Guide to Cocktails was a career changing experience; a giant learning curve that I am forever grateful of. It was an awfully long project (around 4 months) but for the most part was largely enjoyable; I even got to work with an ex-tutor and good friend who was commissioned as the designer and art director.

Receiving it in the post with all my illustrations bundled up and packaged within a tidy, well designed book was so incredibly invigorating. Naturally I threw a cocktail party to celebrate, it wouldn’t be a total success unless I got disgustingly drunk, which I totally, totally did.

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Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot(s)? (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch, etc.)

Tools aren’t very varied; all I need is a sketchbook, a pencil, reference material and Photoshop. The type of illustration will govern how I start; if it’s a fashion illustration I’ll start in Photoshop, if it’s something more conceptual I’ll start in my sketchbook. Suppose I’m quite fortunate that I require so little space, as a result though I’m currently crammed into the prison cell-esque spare bedroom whilst my real bedroom is undergoing a makeover; depressingly it’s only half finished.

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Choose a favorite shot from another player. Tell us why you dig it.

Choosing just one turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought it would, had to make a little shortlist, but managed to whittle it down to one. Wedding Cocktails by Jacob Etter, I’m an absolute sucker for simplicity, clever conceptual design, great colours and cocktails too!

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