Interview: John Fuller – Illustrator
John Fuller has been a leading illustrator for over 30 years. He has worked for many different companies and people – including Rossiter & Co.
He has a story to tell.
Q: When did you begin working in the business?
I’ve been illustrating professionally since about 1980. I trained to be an architect, but didn’t like it – I couldn’t make it work.
I always used to draw at school, so I decided to make it into a career.
Q: Who have you worked for?
I have worked for many companies, the biggest two are probably the BBC and ITV, doing different animations for different productions.
I’ve also done school books for Framework Publishing and various work for agencies – the main one being the Market Approach Agency.
It was through the Market Approach agency that I did illustrations for Pilkington International and Greenall’s Brewery.
And, of course, I’ve also worked for Rossiter & Co.
Q: What’s it like working for Rossiter & Co?
Really good. It’s full of nice, creative people. I have great conversations with everybody there – and usually some creative ideas come from these conversations.
It’s a really forward looking place. Rossiter & Co have given me the chance to step into animation, so I draw the characters that are later animated by their post-production team.
Q: How have you seen the business change?
Computers have made a massive difference.
I no longer use watercolours, I just illustrate on the computer. It’s more flexible, cost-effective and I have the option of adding digital effects into my work.
I use Adobe Illustrator as I find that it allows me to draw nice, clean lines.
Q: What do you like about what you do?
I’m at my happiest when I’m drawing freely and when there’s no pressure. That way, the image is more free. It’s like I’ve invented something – and that kind of feeling can be very satisfying.
That’s one of the good things about Rossiter & Co – they appreciate this as being one of the many needs of an artist.