Owen is an artist and illustrator, working on editorial illustrations, book covers and record sleeves.
year of birth: 1988
current residence: Bristol
Owen has been an illustrator for around 10 years
Where did it all begin?
I’ve always been a painter and have always kept sketchbooks, but probably when I started studying illustration at University in Falmouth, Cornwall.
What is the worst advice you’ve heard?
Work for free to gain exposure. It’s terrible for the industry and undervalues everyone’s work.
Most beautiful moment during the creative process?
Finding that perfect simple visual solution to a difficult article or subject, so satisfying!
What doesn’t inspire you?
Unused or unloved space.
What are you proud of?
My peers. It’s great to see so many of the artists I started out with doing so well.
Who would you like to meet or who would you like to work with?
Amazing people I haven’t heard of or met yet. I find collaborating with musicians particularly enjoyable, so more of that please!
What would you have done, if not this?
Probably carpentry or something working with physical objects and space.
When was your biggest moment of doubt?
Nothing springs to mind which feels very lucky. I’m definitely sure that, for now at least, I’m doing what I should be doing.
Who is your biggest supporter?
The people who give me feedback on my work or buy prints. It gives me so much motivation to hear that my work has a positive impact on people I’ve never met.
What is to you, the most beautiful sentence?
“And while he talks his dreams to sleep you notice there’s a highway
that is curling up like smoke above his shoulder”
– Leonard Cohen, ‘The stranger Song’
What do you still want to do?
Write and illustrate a full graphic novel or book, and work with people more intimately in my work.
Where do you work?