Richey Beckett Illustration

June 05, 2012

'I can’t stress enough just how important the preparation is, sometimes. I’ll spend more time on that than the illustration. I’ll create collage sheets for each project, either for reference or just a collection of imagery that has the right feel and atmosphere, and then I’ll surround myself with that whilst I work. Symbolism is not only important, but also interesting, and I enjoy using a project as a catalyst to discover new things. If there’s a logo, symbol or motif, even a type of flower or plant, I’ll want to find out what it might represent – you’d be surprised how hard it is to find an object, natural or manmade, that doesn’t hold some sort of symbolic power.' Richey Beckett