Work inspiration with Aaron Jay

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Aaron Jay

Freelance illustrator from England

My name is Aaron Jay and I am an illustrator working under the alias Randyotter. I specialize primarily in tee design and I love creating new characters and images.

Software / hardware

For all of my work I start with a traditional pen and paper sketch to plan out the image, I then scan this in and use it as a guide to create line art with my Wacom bamboo tablet in Photoshop. I also use my tablet to color sometimes using custom Photoshop brushes or even using scanned in textures. I really enjoy using Photoshop however I find Illustrator to be rather mechanical and unintuitive for me personally.

Ideal work environment

My ideal work environment is being set up in front of my PC with new pencils and paper and a big cup of coffee although if someone offers me a studio on the beachfront I wouldn't say no!


Most of my inspiration comes from looking at everyday objects and scenarios in a strange and whimsical manner. A lot of cartoons from my childhood as well as current day help inspire and motivate me to keep working.

Admire most

This questions always stumps me as I tend to change my mind week to week, what I love one week I do not really care for the following week. If I had to choose someone who I admired when I was starting out it would have to be Daniel Abensour.