The Illustrator: Robert Sae-Heng

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!

 In response to London's TFL tube strike.  Seeking alternative arrangements to work... by Robert Sae-Heng

In response to London's TFL tube strike.  Seeking alternative arrangements to work... by Robert Sae-Heng

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.

 Mural for Chill Frozen Yoghurt by Robert Sae-Heng

Mural for Chill Frozen Yoghurt by Robert Sae-Heng

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.

 'Samuel Swin' is off on an adventure by Rober Sae-Heng

'Samuel Swin' is off on an adventure by Rober Sae-Heng

Looking forward, I'm excited  to see how Robert's latest children's book character, 'Samuel Swim' develops over his adventures...

 'Samuel Swim' and his accomplice, Norman the narwhal by Robert Sae-Heng

'Samuel Swim' and his accomplice, Norman the narwhal by Robert Sae-Heng

Find Robert on InstagramTwitterFacebook, in his shop and at robertsae-heng.co.uk

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