Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and what better way to start than with some Stephen Collins. Collins is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Hertfordshire; whilst he has created work for a number of different clients such as Pimm’s and American Airlines, I fell in love with his work through his Guardian comic strips.
Collins has a great way of balancing textures, colours and white space to create really nice images. However, it is his wry sense of humour and his ability to capture people is what I love about his work. Little interactions and comical expressions pull you into the image and create a fun narrative. The comic strips Collins creates for the Guardian are brilliant at this, most of them centre around poking fun at the modern world and highlighting the strangeness of human life. However, since it is made for the Guardian it does reference a lot of middle-class/slightly left-wing stuff, so it might not appeal to everyone. (Although there are comics which pokes fun of this too.)
If you want a bit more general stuff Collins has also written a graphical novel called ‘The Gigantic Beard that was Evil’ (yes you read that right) and a compilation of comic strips ‘Some Comics’. Both of them are real good laughs, so I totally recommend both. Anyhow, that’s it for now, I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite strips and I’ll see you soon!