Robert (a.k.a. Mr Rubbertoes) is a freelance illustrator based in London with Mexican and Thai origin who works across commercial, editorial, book, and mural illustration.
Get to know him a little better by reading his 10 Questions with Folk & Tales!
Inspired by his upbringing, Robert's art is a melting-pot of cultural influences with intriguing charcters to be found on every corner, or behind every tree, in his illustrations. He has a penchant for incorporating snippets from his life stories into his commisions for clients - a personal quirk which adds to the discovery element in his work.
I was particularly interested to discover the story behind Robert's (sometimes sneaky) inclusion of unicorns in his work. The spark was initially ignited after a visit to Stirling Castle, Scotland where a series of tapestries from 1495-1505 caught his eye. Depicting a group of noblemen and hunters in pursuit of a unicorn, this imagery stuck with him and continues to inform his art. It's always interesting to see one fine art medium informing another, in this case, tapestry and illustration; it highlights the importance of reinterpreting historical stories that might otherwise be forgotten.
Looking forward, I'm excited to see how Robert's latest children's book character, 'Samuel Swim' develops over his adventures...