I love a good pun. The cheesier the better in my case, which is why I was so pleased to have Craig from Eweniverse kindly take part in my Creative corner interview series.
1. Introduce yourself.
Hey, I’m Craig and I’m the guy behind the sheep (that sounds wrong) of Eweniverse. Originally from Wales, I now live in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire with my amazing wife and 2 boys and a very strange cat called Bert.
2. Tell us a bit about your business.
I create funny, punny illustrations and funny/cute gifts and have a lot of fun doing so. I create and sell prints, coasters, badges. Jigsaw puzzles & more!
3. What made you start your own business?
Working a boring finance/IT day job can be hard work – I needed to make something of what I love doing. So why not challenge myself and set up my own brand!
4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
I studied at Art College in Wales as a mature student but always had a love of art and in particular cartoons and illustration. The old Beano and Dandy comics are a huge inspiration!
5. Explain your creative process.
My work usually starts as either an image or a pun/play on words. I will then develop it as a pencil & ink sketch then scan into a digital file to draw & colour digitally. Although a few are painted with watercolours or acrylics.
6. Describe your typical day.
Sort and pack orders from the previous night. Open the sketchbook, put some good music on, some coffee and then get creating. This usually happens when the kids are out of the way! A lot of the time, the evening is my most productive time!
7. What’s your biggest seller?
The Ewenicorn is possibly my most recent big seller – a cross between a sheep & a unicorn! The enamel pin badges went down really well!
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8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?
Highs – seeing people enjoy something of completely your creation – when people “get” your stuff it’s a brilliant feeling!
Lows – The amount of time in a day – someone needs to do something about this!
9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?
Don’t get hung up on competing with other creatives. Never compare yourself. Always do your own thing – it’s unique and is yours alone. Also challenge yourself and take that leap of faith!
10. What are your aspirations?
To turn Eweniverse into a household brand and my full-time job.
11. Where can we find you?
Creative corner interview giveaway!
Craig has kindly offered the chance to win one of his Chocolate Baaa! Ltd edition pin badges
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One Chocolate Baaa! Ltd edition pin badge – no monetary exchange available
The contest will close Midnight Wednesday 4th October
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