It’s no exaggeration that everything Rob Hunter’s talented hands touch turns to pure visual gold. Whether you liked his contribution to Nobrow’s A Graphic Cosmogony, enjoyed his simple illustrations for Picador’s anniversary editions or were totally bowled over by his work for Orlando Weeks’ Young Colossus last year, it’s safe to say that Rob’s an incredibly capable image maker. His success comes from both an innate skill and a comprehensive understanding of print processes. Anyone who’s ever seen his work in the flesh will know that his colours really leap from the page, an effect no lithographic amateur would be able to achieve.
Likewise his storytelling is as engaging as his pictures, luring you into surreal, spiritual worlds, accidentally inhabited by human protagonists. Rob’s latest work Map Of Days (it’s out in the next week or so) continues down the supernatural path that The New Ghost began, trading ghosts and an observatory for a disembodied face and a world within a grandfather clock; exploring the metaphysical dialogue between a mischevious young boy and a giant face. It’s an ambitious work for a young author, a strange and thoughtful narrative – at its best reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s The Minpins – enriched with imagery that borrows from folklore and Britain’s ancient religions. We’d advise you to get hold of a copy as soon as you’re able as this is one piece of graphic fiction you definitely won’t want to miss.