Andrew Rae lets us delve into his rather brilliant sketchbooks

Date
13 March 2015
Reading Time
2 minute read

It’s so reassuring to hear that a job at a top ad agency can be secured from an interview on no sleep, feeling “a bit spaced out.” While it’s possibly not the best career advice, that’s exactly how Andrew Rae landed a role at BBH, he told us in his talk at Offset festival. We’re huge fans of Andrew’s work, which over the years has included creating characters for the Mighty Book of Boosh, beautiful botanical illustrations and the wonderful, heartwarming and psychedelic graphic novel Moonhead and the Music Machine.

Andrew’s Offset talk showed how he works in a space inspired by Charlie Brooker’s series Black Mirror – taking the idea of using a Mac showing a full-screen image at the front, a Wacom tablet for drawing laying flat on the desk, and a couple of screens at the side for emails and Netflix – rather than a scary dystopian future.

What really intrigued us, though, were the reams and reams of sketchbook images we were presented with, which show fully-formed characters as well as looser drafts of ideas. They were so brilliant we asked Andrew to share his sketchbook images with us and in turn with you, dear reader. So he did, and here they are. Enjoy!

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Andrew Rae: Sketchbooks

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Andrew Rae: Moonhead

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Emily Gosling

Emily joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in the summer of 2014 after four years at Design Week. She is particularly interested in graphic design, branding and music. After working It's Nice That as both Online Editor and Deputy Editor, Emily left the company in 2016.

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