Owen Davey

Owen Davey is the illustrator of best-sellers Mad About Monkeys and Smart About Sharks. Since graduating from Falmouth University he has been a freelance illustrator, working with clients such as Lego, Walker Books, Microsoft and the New York Times.

To find out a little more about his work, we asked Owen the following questions:

What inspires your work?

Life, nature and aesthetics

Tell us a bit more about your process

I research the subject very thoroughly before even putting pencil to paper. Then I make notes, establish the main themes of the project, write possible ideas down and start drawing thumbnail illustrations. Once I’ve established a concept I’m happy with, I’ll play with the composition (still with thumbnail drawings) until I’m happy. Then I’ll scan the thumbnail in, and work directly on top of that in Photoshop, using a computer mouse.