Joe is a Bristol-based Illustrator who likes to skate and play table tennis in my spare time. He says that his work has been heavily influenced by his childhood addiction to comics and the Cartoon Network. 

Where did you train, and did you specialise in any one area?

Illustration at the University of the West of England. 

What's your favourite tool?

Because drawing is the basis for pretty much all my ideas, I’d have to say my pencil.

What techniques to do you use most?

I draw constantly and I occasionally paint, but recently Photoshop has become a bigger part of my process. 

What has been your favourite piece you've created?

I don’t know if I would say it was my favourite piece, but The Fight changed a lot about the way I worked. It proved I could use a heavy line and still keep the clean style I wanted.

What kinds of materials do you work with?

A 3B pencil, gauche paints and occasionally a Pilot pen.

What (if any) computer packages do you use?


Which clients have you worked for, and where have you exhibited your work?

I’ve exhibited at The Coningsby Gallery London and at the first Traces London exhibition. My client list includes Kaplan Business School and The Skinny Magazine.

What inspires you?

I normally get the most inspired to draw after seeing an exhibition but it can be anything from a conversation to a film.

Favourite websites / blogs?

I’m a big tumblr user so I follow most of my favourite artist that way but other websites I go on a lot are which is really good for web comics and which is a general art blog.

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Sasso is a master at making miniscule tweaks to layer styles, and in this tutorial you’ll give the entire Layer Styles palette a good workout to create amazing effects, such as the apparently 3D water droplets that stud the outside of the bottle. You’ll also develop your own custom brushes and make use of an amazing free smoke brush – both of which will stand you in good stead with your future Photoshop projects.


Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

1 - 2 hours