When did you first discover your passion for art and drawing?
I’ve always been a doodler but I didn’t fully commit to being a cartoonist and illustrator until about 5 years ago.
Where do you get your inspiration from and what inspires you?
Inspiration for my cartoons comes from anything, anywhere and anyone – so just be careful what you say when I’m in ear shot because you might find yourself immortalised in a badly drawn joke.
How would you describe your style?
Inconsistent but amusingly so.
What makes you different from other watercolour artists?
I’m not as good as them.
What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to painting?
I’ve been known to spend a whole afternoon drawing a hand. And I find cats to be indescribably difficult to capture to my satisfaction.
What would be your career dream? What project would you love to be able to do/complete?
I’m doing my dream job as a cartoonist and illustrator so I just want to keep on going, keep improving and keep trying to be funny.
Did you have another career prior to this? If so, what was it?
I was an Advertising Copywriter and I came up with ideas and headlines for advertising campaigns, our office was kinda like Mad Men but with a West Midlands accent. It’s one of the most fun jobs you can have even if you weren’t allowed to do puns. But I’ve been making up for that over the last few years.
Where would you like to see yourself in 10-15 years’ time?
In 10-15 years time I’d love to see myself in the mirror, wrinkle-free, but I doubt that’s going to happen.
What is your typical day like?
Lots of coffee, a run, then lots more coffee at my desk drawing. Most days are this pattern, unless I’m picking up prints from The Artists’ Print Room, in which case I get to have a lovely jaunt to countryside.
What do you love the most about your job and what do you hate the most?
I love working from home, working for myself, getting paid to draw daft things and laughing at my own jokes. I hate hands, but I can always put them in pockets if they’re proving too difficult to draw.
How do you relax after a long day?
I like to bake a cake and eat a lot, if not all, of it.
You can find out more about Tat and her work on the following;
Instagram : @tat_effby