Q: When did you first realise that this was what you wanted to do?
A: About 4 years ago I thought seriously about doing it as a full-time job, but it was only 2 years ago I had the guts to quit my job and do it. I've always drawn. I just needed to make that leap, and anyone who's ever done it will tell you it's a much bigger leap than people realise.
Q: How did you pursue this ambition initially?
A: I saved up enough money to pay my rent for a few months and was lucky to have regular work with a few clients. Having the extra time to work on my illustration and also to get out there and talk to people, to meet new and prospective clients is invaluable.
Q: Why illustration and not some other form of art?
A: It's just what I feel happiest and most comfortable with really. I'd like to do some sculpture at some point - just small bits and pieces, but thats a way off.
Q: How has your style evolved?
A: Oh it's evolved so much! I look back on my pieces from a few years ago and they're completely different. Well, in my eyes they are. The way I draw characters, the materials I use, everything. I'd like to think there's an overriding 'Lord Bunn style' to it all but frankly, if I was still drawing the same things I was drawing 3 years ago I'd feel pretty ashamed of myself as an artist.
Q: Where do you look for inspiration?
A: The internet and the sides of old buildings.
Q: Describe your workspace.
A: I share a studio with an amazing illustrator called Nick Deakin. We both kick each other up the arse when needed and equally criticise and praise each others work with aplomb. As for my actual workspace, it's pretty unexciting. Mac, big pot full of various pens, ream of A4 paper (I don't use sketchbooks) coffee cup, usually empty.
Q: Is there anything that frustrates you about being in a creative profession?
A:It's the usual things. People who say "Can you just knock this up for me…" or "Don't take too much time over it…" These things cheapen what we do and make us look like idle doodlers.
Q: What has been the best moment of your career so far?
A:It hasn't happened yet.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A:Listening to 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked the Musical VERY loudly when I'm in the studio on my own.
Q: When are you most happy?
A:I'm pretty happy most of the time y'know. Don't sweat the small stuff, it's not worth it.
Q: If you could hang a piece of your work anywhere in the world, where would you put it?
A: So long as people like looking at it, I don't really mind where it goes. Having said that, the value of Ben Eine's work went up dramatically after it was given to Barack Obama so....maybe the White House. Or the Moon.
See more of Lord Bunn's work at www.lordbunn.com
Conducted by Francesca Basseger, images © Lord Bunn