So tell us a bit about you and your art?
I have doodled, sketched and painted from the age of seven and won an obscure art competition in Japan when I reached the ripe old age of nine!
Art kept me on the straight and narrow although no formal art training I believe that has not stopped me from continuing my goal of being a full time artist in the near future, although I’m not holding my breath!
Over the years I’ve worked with Scottish Weekly News, Mansell Construction, BT Plc plus various trade magazines in creating illustrations/cartoons for bespoke slide presentations & weekly cartoons.
The diversity around my artwork now also involves vinyl, the use of battered vinyl LP’s as the canvas. The fusion of portraiture artwork of the musician, stage or film star presented onto there own vinyl recording, may take you back to a favourite occasion or mood in time. A concert, film or stage show, where human emotions, good or sad, were felt, where you met a partner or remember the fashion and tribal genre of the day.
How did you end up getting involved with #MOTM and doing the logo for #MOTM?
I first came into contact with MOTM via Sian Day (Teenage Cancer Trust) asking if I could help by donating a piece of vinyl artwork for auction in turn raising much needed cash for the Clatterbridge Teenage Cancer Unit, given the fact the artwork linked into the musical patronage and legacy attributed to the TCT fund raising campaign, I was thrilled to be asked. Some weeks past then out of the blue Sian contacted me once more asking me if I could meet up with two people that I now realise are synonymous with MOTM, them being Eddie/Debbie Penny. As they say and I’m saying, the rest is charitable history.
How did you come up with the logo for #MOTM? And is it based on anyone in particular?
Much discussion & ideas from that first meeting came out with myself sketching out rough’s for a MOTM first meaningful logo. Myself, Eddie & Debbie came up with all sorts of ideas at first even to the point of depicting our own ‘Jimmy’ from Quadro’ heart broken & defeated, slumped forlornly (no, not over Steph) but the two wheel dream of his life, his scooter. After much deliberation three character creations were put before Eddie & Debbie depicting male/female representation. This we all agreed made the logo a little cluttered in detail.
Eventually, Eddie/Debbie settled on ‘Teddy Riva’ who is dapper in his striped mod attire, sharp cloth and has a penchant for b&w ones & two’s and is proud to be British, hence the Union Rickenbacker.
Thank you very much Steve for your time and your involvement with MOTM and our logo.