Mister Phil grew up in Portsmouth and currently resides in Brighton, where he has lived since attending Brighton University and gaining a degree in Illustration.
He uses cartoon illustration and a compelling blend of block colour to create eye catching and unique images whose psychedelic nature demands attention, giving one the feeling that there is a story to be told behind each one of them. “There’s a sense of surrealism in the work which mainly comes from not thinking too much about what I’m trying to achieve” he says, “allowing the work to create itself based on what comes before. I react to what I’ve put down on the paper, try not to stop too long and think about it, but act in an intuitive way.”
Mister Phil’s main platform and focus at the moment online, he explains “as long as something goes up every day then it’s OK. I enjoy the immediate feedback from twitter and internet – it keeps the momentum going… I’m on a mission with this daily doodle project, looking forward to seeing where it takes me as ideas evolve very quickly when you force yourself to work under a strict deadline.”
Describing himself as an all round “creative person”, Mister Phil works with photography and web design alongside his illustration and animation work. “If I make something I really like when I see it again, then I’m content.” He says, when asked what his own work means to him. “I like the idea that within the space of a couple of hours you can create something that didn’t exist before, that hopefully no-one else would have created.”