Japan-based artist Simon Oxley has created thousands of illustrations, yet there is a particular one that is iconic to millions. And for which he was paid a grand sum of . . . less than seven bucks. The image? The Twitter bird. Oxley, who grew up in England, has created countless bright, engaging images for the stock-library company iStockPhoto, using Adobe Illustrator and "vector-based" images. Oxley (age? "I am in my 40th year"), who lives with his wife, Noriko, and family in Fukuoka, recently discussed his work in far more than 140 characters:
-- Michael Cavna
You've been in Japan for more than a decade -- with its dizzying mix of old (Edo woodblock prints) and new (plastic toy/manga culture). From where doyoudraw inspiration?
As a designer, I find reference points everywhere and try to always look deeper than the surface. . . . The rich cultural heritage of Japan has directly influenced my imagemaking and attitude towards many things, and having very young children has exposed me to children's TV programs such as "Zenmai Zamurai" -- a clockwork samurai who defeats wrongdoers by tossing manju [lumpy, gooey rice] into their mouths.