5 Mins, Illustration 4 years ago

Picasso, the Internet and not being a butthead with Rob Hodgson.

When we think of Rob Hodgson we think of beaches, sun cream, swimming shorts… WHOOPS sorry that’s a different memory. We think of fun, vibrancy and unconfined creativity.

Rob’s work bounces around from media to application like it was a pinball. It doesn’t fit a mould, in fact it’s so adaptable it brings the medium it’s being applied too alive in a way that you may not have seen it before. And that’s a special thing.

We spoke to Bristol based design don Rob Hodgson. It was in a rare moment where he stopped working. Taking a quick break from clients The Scouts and Urban Graphic to answer our questions. We asked Rob about being a creative and how he got there.

Here’s what he said…

Why did you feel design and illustration are best suited to you? What excites you about them?

I ended up here because I like solving problems and I enjoy making things.

The diversity of design and illustration means you can never really solve everything.

In this way, it’s very similar to science or philosophy.

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Your work has a really clear style. Could you tell us a little more about your inspirations and where your creative ideas have come from?

My inspirations mostly come from ways of making and thinking about making, rather than stylistic influences.

And I like a lot of folks who deconstruct and reconstruct form and colour. Like a lot of the early 20th Century European painters (Klee, Mattise, Miro, Picasso etc).

The Bauhaus, Black Mountain college, mid century American designer/illustrators (Girard, Rand etc). And also big visual thinkers like Bruno Munari, Hockney, John Cage.

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Could you give us 3 tips that you’d say have got you to where you are today.

  1. Surround yourself with amazing people
  2. Learn when to say ‘no’
  3. Don’t be a butthead

Can you give us an idea of your average day, how you work and how do you get your creative ideas done?

Generally I go in for the ‘spinning plates’ routine.

I’ll do a bit of this, then try a bit of that.

And then maybe if I’m lucky there’s time for a little of something else.

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Rob Hodgson – The Scouts

How do you attract new work?

I try to do good projects and thankfully they seem to fall in front of the right people. Also, the Internet certainly helps. But I think having my work out in the real world has given me the most opportunities.

How long have you been creative and would you say it’s your career?

I never gave up being creative since I was a kid. And I make a living out of it so I consider it a career!

What’s the best advice would you give to someone starting out?

I try not to get hung up on the Internet and how quickly it moves. Remember, think about playing the long game instead.


Check out more of Rob's work on his site



I'm co-founder of Crazy Animal Face, host of the CAF Podcast, and compere of our CAF events. My views are my own.

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