Artist Interview: John Holcroft


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
John Holcroft: “Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK”


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L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
John Holcroft: “Illustrator”


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L. N. Holmes: “Why did you choose to become an illustrator?”
John Holcroft: “I studied Graphic design originally, but illustration was something that I was more interested in.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What messages do you try to convey through your work?”
John Holcroft: “Most of the time my work is commissioned by publishers and design companies so briefs are specific. I spent a lot of time creating promotional material which allows me the freedom to express what ever may be on my mind at the time.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What drew you to illustrating children’s books?”
John Holcroft: “I got commissioned.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What illustration style do you specialize in?”
John Holcroft: “I have been illustrating for nearly 20 years and in that time I have had around 6 different styles. The one I currently work in is a kind of screen print.”


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L. N. Holmes: “You also draw political illustrations. Why did you choose to create them?”
John Holcroft: “I am passionate about what I can do to make a difference to this world, that’s my contribution.


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“I really don’t want to sound trite, but illustration is all I have in my arsenal and if I can use it to make people think, then at least I’m doing something.


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“There are many political injustices in this world that can’t be resolved because of bureaucracy, totalitarianism and international diplomacy.


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“There are some very serious issues like racism and religion wars. I try to stay away from these kind of subjects because my work is often taken out of context or misconstrued and I really don’t wish to offend anyone.”


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L. N. Holmes: “Do you sell any of your work?”
John Holcroft: “Yes you can buy prints and other merchandise on society6.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What has been your favorite project so far?”
John Holcroft: “The pop-up book about the history of flight.”


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L. N. Holmes: “How do you support other artists?”
John Holcroft: “I receive emails from students asking for advice. Sometimes I don’t have the time to answer all of them but I try.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What’s your biggest complaint about the illustration industry?”
John Holcroft: “It’s the uncertainty and fickle nature of it. Also having your work taken off the internet and used without permission.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What inspires you?”
John Holcroft: “Everyday life, watching the news.”


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L. N. Holmes: “What would you recommend to others attempting to become professional illustrators?”
John Holcroft: “Consider other professions first. It’s hard when you go months without any work and yet the bills are still coming. There have been times when I’ve had to take a job because work was at a standstill. In the nineties I was working on a night at a supermarket stacking shelves and illustrating through the day. It is hard work and you need to give it 100% commitment and perseverance.”


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L. N. Holmes: “Name a few of your favorite books and why they are your favorites.”
John Holcroft: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham is my favourite book about a post nuclear war. Daily life and progress has gone back to basics. Anyone with a mutation gets banished to the fringes of the land. Some characters in the book have a secret affliction which is telepathy. Great book.”


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L. N. Holmes: “Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?”
John Holcroft: “Don’t smoke, swear only when necessary and watch less trash on TV.”

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For more information and artwork, visit Holcroft’s Facebook, Tumblr, or official website.

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