YEMMX | Tom Rushmer (Interview)
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Tom Rushmer (Interview)

We had a chat with Tom Rushmer about his stylistic, beautiful and intricate illustrations. Check out the interview below!

Tom Rushmer

Interview

How long have you been Illustrating?

I have been illustrating since 2012

There is a heavy fantasy element to your work, where does the inspiration come from?

A lot of it comes from reading fantasy and Sci-fi novels, the works of J.R.R Tolkien and Joe Haldemann are particular favourites of mine.

How would you categorise your work? Surrealism? Expressionism?

I would say my work is closer to Expressionism than Surrealism. I’m trying out different approaches to my work at the moment so I’m finding it harder to categorize.

Do you prefer the black and white format or colour?

During my time at uni I used to work solely in Black and White, because I thought it would create more striking images, but since graduating I have begun to work a lot more with colour, and with digital software. My favourite Illustrators at the moment would have to be Steve Simpson, Giang Pham and Sainer.

Who are your favourite illistrators at the moment?

I find it easier for me to gain inspiration from visual mediums such as film and animation. But I really enjoy picturing scenes from books in my head, and try to include subtle details from them in my final pieces.

I really enjoyed your work based on “Allen Edgar Poe”, it retains a sense of mystery that mimics Poe’s work. Are you often inspired by literary works?

I find it easier for me to gain inspiration from visual mediums such as film and animation. But I really enjoy picturing scenes from books in my head, and try to include subtle details from them in my final pieces.

A few of your pieces like “life cycle” remind me of a breed of manga artists like Junji Ito, are you in anyway influenced by the Japanese stylistically?

I used to love reading Japanese comics and watching anime, and I would say that my black and white artwork is stylistically influenced by manga artists such as Masashi Tanaka and Masamune Shirow.

In what medium do you mostly enjoy working?

My favourite medium will always be pen and ink. But digital art is the way forward.

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