Adam Cockerton is a freelance Creative Art Director living in London. He’s been a graphic designer for over a decade and has been lucky enough to work with some great clients and make a decent career out of it. He’s been noodling and doodling since I was a boy but the illustration thing is quite new though, it’s his ‘side hustle’. He’s mostly self taught and always learning new things on every illustration project and it’s be fun rediscovering drawing after designing for such a long time. Honoured to be asked to participate in this project with a line up of more established illustrators.
Adam says - My inspiration for the February cover is based around the statue of Cupid in Picadilly Circus and finding Love in a big city. I wanted it to be sort of a subversive celebration of all things Valentines, the background loud and garish, the absurdity of the whole thing. Whilst Cupid keeps firing his arrows forwards, unbeknown to him consumerism is right behind. The traffic cone symbolises cynicism, rejection and a rebel attitude towards love and relationships.
I made the original high contrast drawing with a Sharpie and then scanned into Photoshop. I use a Wacom tablet.