Please introduce yourself and your brand…..
My name is AP Potting and I tell stories with words and pictures. Usually these words and pictures are placed together to tell a story of a brief moment in time. They commonly involve creatures and most often than not include humour. Perhaps it would of been easier to say I’m an illustrator and humorurist, but there you go.
Tell us a bit about your creations and how you make them….
Every story has a creature every creature has a story. Sometimes I think of an animal to draw and the story unfolds as I’m sketching and other times I think of a funny situation and draw the story. I turn these moments into handmade original art, prints, cards, loads of other merchandise through my society6 website and books.
I start with a pencilled rough and experiment with the shape and nature of the situation I am drawing. Once I am happy I draw out the scene on watercolour paper of various sizes. I then pen in the outline and use gouache to colour. It’s as simple as that. Items I want to sell as prints I scan in to my computer, tinker around with a little bit, and post online.
How long have you been making your creations?
Illustration became my sole profession 3 years ago: starting with my book: The Magical Menagerie of AP Potting Jr.
Do you have a best seller or most popular item?
Well, people tend to love the illustrations I have done with cats and dogs in them the most. People really love cats and dogs don’t they. I believe half the internet is funny cat or dog videos.
What do you enjoy most about your craft/ work?
I love creating surreal scenarios and anything I do that makes people smile or laugh really makes my day.
What are your plans or ambitions for the future, or have you already achieved them?
I like to inject a bit of whimsy into people’s lives. A tiny bit of escapism where you can have a little giggle to yourself or with friends. I will be looking into ways to expand and share this ideology with as many people who like my work as possible.
Describe what Christmas means to you in 5 words or less!:
Friends, laughter. Kindness with cosiness.
How can we find out more about you?
You can find out all you want to know and more at: www.appottingjr.com. Also visit me at my studio at 69 Sussex Street BN2 0GQ which will be open to the public to buy discounted original art and hand painted cards from now until Christmas between 11am and 7pm (everyday except Tuesdays).