Creative Lives — “Think like a business owner and not just a guy who draws” Meet Bristol-based illustrator Tommy Parker

Posted 30 October 2017 Interview by Marianne Hanoun

As a kid, illustrator Tommy Parker’s weekends mainly consisted of staying inside and sketching superheroes. Today, things aren’t much different. Working from shared space Redbrick House, the Bristol-based illustrator even likens his relationship with his agent (Synergy Art) to that of Iron Man’s Tony Stark and his AI system, J.A.R.V.I.S. “I’m no role model though,” he admits, “I occasionally bugger it up.” Although relatively new to the freelance game (Tommy previously juggled part-time work with a full-time job), he has been able to master skills in both marketing and coding alongside working on cool, quick briefs for clients like Wired, GQ and the Financial Times. From knowing when to stick to your strengths to being able to manage yourself as a business, Tommy has already reaped a wealth of industry insight. 

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