Illustrator Tom Gauld is best known for his short, wry, literary comic strips for The Guardian's Review section. These have taken on a life of their own – being widely shared across social media outside the context of the paper, or even linked to Tom himself. (They're also collected in the book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack).

Recently, Tom created cartoons for the celebrated recent 'New York Stories' issue of The New York Times Magazine – which was the first issue to be presented entirely in comic strips. He created a story across a spread, created hand-drawn typeface that was used throughout and illustrated the letters, contributors and puzzle pages.

He's also published two graphic novels books – Mooncop and Goliath – and cards you can rearrange to tell different stories.

Tom is represented by Heart Agency, who filmed an interview with him – which you can watch below.  In the video he discusses his creative process, beginning as ideas in his sketchbook before being fitted together "like Lego" to create works that often express quite complex ideas using simple linework and stick figures.

All of Tom's work is hand-drawn – and he describes this as giving it a feeling of "aiming for perfection, but acknowledging that there will always be a bit of human failure in there."

You can see more of his work on his site or on Heart's – though the best way to keep up with his work is on Twitter.


Strip for The Guardian's Review section.

Illustrated page for the 'New York Stories' issue of The New York Times Magazine

The cover for Goliath

Tom's cover for The New Yorker

Heart is planning more 'Talking Heads' video interviews in the future.