Rich Fairhead -Meet the maker: MAY May 08 2015

This month we're getting to know illustrator Richard Fairhead.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Can you recall how and why you became a maker?

I can remember drawing dinosaurs and animals when I was 7 or 8, pretty much doing the same thing now. I studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston Uni, and I’ve been a full time Illustrator for around 4 years now. Plus, I can’t really doing anything else.




What are your main inspirations and influences for the work?

I get a lot of inspiration from friends who are getting by in a creative career. I’m part of two collectives, one with my Brother Chris El Famoso, and the other Brothers Of The Stripe, a collective of 12 male designers & illustrators.

Other things that influence me - hand drawn type, risographs, London, rum, sailor tattoo’s, Day of The Dead, skulls, scummy pubs, 50’s ad’s and decent films.




What is the process?

It depends on the job. I work for various clients, that includes advertising, editorial, murals, tattoo designs, animation, prints and clothing. Each job always starts with a brief, sometimes really detailed, others are really open.

Then I have a scribble with my pens, send it to the client, get feedback and carry on with that. The fun jobs are the ones where I’m left to do what i want....




What do you enjoy most about being a maker?

Working for myself means it’s really bloody flexible, whether it be working on a few projects at the same time, or being able to work on a self project if there’s not much on. I like the fact that one day I can be drawing Walter White, and the next day, a big mural in a rainy part of Birmingham with a group of designers. Plus you can choose your hours if a sneaky hangover creeps up on a weekday.