We did an AQA with REN who designed our Truck illustrations and characters. He’s pretty awesome…
We’ve had a lot of people getting in touch wanting to know more about the awesome dude who made Truck’s new look. He is a really talented illustrator who designed all of Trucks characters. Well we only went and did an AQA with REN so you could get to know him a little better.
We sent our bro for life Suzy Moosa (she has over 25,000 followers – #bigdealontwitter) over to have a word with Ren (Jack Reynolds)… here’s what happened.
So you did the branding for Truck but have you ever been before? If so then what were your thoughts?
Shamefully I have never been before, but I have a few friends that go every year so I know the vibe, I’ll obviously be there this year though.
Where do you take inspiration for your artwork? Especially with Truck (The yellow man is 100% my fave)
I take inspiration from things that happen during everyday life. With the Truck piece I just listened to a bunch of bands and drew what ever came into my head. The yellow man is one of my ‘Bear’ characters who is actually based on my partner, I had to chuck him in there somewhere.
How did you get into illustration?
I guess you could say I’ve been illustrating all of my life, but I only really started to home in on my craft during university. I actually work as an Art Director for a creative agency and my illustrative work has now become more like a hobby that I love and get paid for.
How did you end up working with So Young?
Myself along with Josh and Sam (So Young) have all been friends since ‘reception’ (first year of school) and have maintained similar interests, specially when being creative so it was a natural progression. I’ve been the zines biggest fan since its inception and my excitement for it seems to grow with every issue.
Best gig you’ve ever been to and why?
This is a tricky question. There’s been quite a few stand out nights and quite a lot that will only remain as a blurry memory drenched in vodka. The first time I saw Drenge is definitely up there, the size of the crowd and overall vibe was a perfect blend.
Which artists are you most looking forward to seeing this summer?
This doesn’t really answer your question but… I’m really looking forward to Truck in general. The So Young stage is going to be something to remember, and it definitely marks a milestone for my self and So Young, with me doing the branding for the festival and them hosting their own stage.
I did a cheeky Twitter stalk on your profile and found your 25th birthday cake (what a treat, I’m super jealous) and I’m just curious to know who your favourite [Ru Paul obvs] drag queen is?
HAHA, my twitter game is so weak! That was and still remains the best birthday cake I have ever received. My birthday fell like a month after I came out and my sisters surprised me with it, true acceptance! I could talk about the girls forever but I’m going to base this question on the current series and say Bob The Drag queen.
If you could work with any band who would it be?
I don’t really have a wish list of bands that I would like to work with. As long as they are cool and we understand each other to the point where they really get me and allow me to have creative control… That’s who I want to work with.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to a really broad range of music so it changes by the hour, but I can’t wait for Skepta’s new album to come out!
I have to ask as its become a bit of a running joke within interviews, but what is your favorite cheese?
Im no that heavily in to dairy so my cheese range isn’t that vast. I would have to go with either grilled Halloumi or a mature melted Cheddar. I went through a phase of buying Mexicana when I was hungover and now I can’t stand the sight/smell of it.
So there you have it! Now you know a bit more about the Truck characters. If you want to have a look at more of REN’s stuff – why wouldn’t you want to! – you head here