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Quick fire questions

What fuels your day? It used to be Jeremy Kyle and Chinese tea, but now I'm doing the 9-5 I don't have time for such luxuries. I've discovered the magic of the office tea run though.

Favourite colour? Dark muted colours,  deep tealy blues and earthy coppers. They're not terribly commercial though so the Illustration world is turning me slowly onto Carribean blues and fuchsia pink.

Inspiration or muse? Artists like David Downton and Quentin Blake. There'll always be a special place in my heart for Aubrey Beardsley and his decadent Victorian buddies.

How old is your inner child? I think most people feel like they're about 6 inside and pretending to be a real person.

Tell us one thing you love about your workspace. My Grandad's typewriter. It was made around the 1930s and he still used it right up until he died.

Favourite subject to draw? It will always be the human form - I go to life drawing classes every fortnight.

Favourite book? This Moose Belongs to Me (Oliver Jeffers). I really like Claude by Alex T Smith though - he's got such a brilliant natural sense of humour.



Nicola Patten