Interview with David Biskup

The creator of the The Dweebs sticker pack
Sticker.Place: Where are you from and where do you live now?
David Biskup: I’m originally from South London and actually live relatively near where I’m from now. I did live in Bristol for a few years in between though!
SP: Tell us about your stickers – characters.
DB: The characters in my Sticker Pack originated in the doodles I absent mindedly do when I’m not working on commercial work. I tend towards drawing strange little anthropomorphic characters who are not quite human but have human features and expressions. I think The Dweebs seem like they’d be quite simple but nice guys nonetheless!
SP: Which of your illustrations is your favorite?
DB: It’s more of a comic than an illustration (although it contains illustrations I guess) but my favourite thing I’ve done recently was a comic about Obama having to hand over the @POTUS twitter handle to Donald Trump for the MIT Technology Review. You can read it here
SP: Tell us about your first illustration.
DB: The first time I drew something that was in some way a reaction to some text was probably copying the Mr Men drawings from Roger Hargreaves’ books in my Mum and Dad’s bed on Saturday mornings when I was about 3. The first professional illustration job I got though was a load of drawings for Computer Arts magazine just after I graduated from university I think. I spent a whole week working on them and then was really sad when I saw it in print that the colours had come out really muted.
SP: Tell us about your background and experience.
DB: I studied Illustration at the University of the West of England in Bristol and since graduating just over four years ago I’ve done work for clients such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Google. I also do a lot of comics. Sometimes for publication in newspapers of magazines but usually self published. My most recent is Seagram, which you can read more about here
SP: What are your plans for the future?
DB: I hope to have time to work on more longer form comics and to spend more time honing my writing as well as my drawing. I’ve also just started working on some moving image film based work with a couple of old friends, which is an exciting new avenue that I’d like to pursue more in the future!
SP: What is your favorite app or game?
DB: I really like the ‘Day One’ diary app for iOS. It reminds you to write a diary entry every day and you can tag everything you did on that day so you can look back and see when you did certain things or saw certain people. I’ve done over 1000 consecutive days but it does mean I live with a constant fear of the cloud randomly deleting it and losing year’s worth of memories! I’m also looking forward to the new Super Mario game for the iPhone.