Rory Dobner is a London based artist and illustrator who’s best known for his intricate pen and ink drawings. Yet another successful alumni from London’ Central St Martin’s school of art and design, Rory has exhibited his work in numerous group and solo shows all over the world, and has worked with the cream of the design world on various interiors projects (The Soho House Group, The Shop at Bluebird and Christian Dior to name but a few). His quirky and original home ware designs are currently stocked in Liberty.
What do you call yourself – a designer, illustrator or artist? An artist sums me up the best as I’m truly happy when I’m drawing, painting or sculpting.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist? As soon as I could hold a pencil I was drawing, apparently. I was scrawling on every available or even non-available surface, at the age of four I ‘customised’ my Dad’s vintage VW Beetle, unfortunately for him!
How do you decide where to put your illustrations next? One of the main inspirations is when we need something at home that we can’t find in the shops, I find it’s easier to make exactly what we’re looking for myself.
Which artists do you admire? I love Leonardo Di Vinci, his attention to detail is amazing.
Describe your studio or workspace… My studio is next to our home, it’s a spacious single room with a very high ceiling made of glass so it’s very light and airy. I designed it myself and have just made a 5m long work bench with a bespoke sofa seating arrangement. I’m so over the moon with the finished look and feel. It’s shouting out for a party; a Halloween fancy dress do will be perfect to open it properly!
Do you sketch in your sleep? Although I don’t physically sketch in my sleep (as that might be a bit scary to see) I definitely dream in drawings.
Aside from drawing, I’m pretty good at… Rugby, although I’m currently banned as I’ve unforunately just bust my right ring finger – which is my drawing hand – in a remarkable tackle. Maybe not the best pastime for an artist!
What’s your favourite piece of design? The Porca Miseria Chandelier by Ingo Maurer – I’m hoping one day he will agree to make one for me, but with my plates.
What are you working on right now? I’m absolutely covered in paint as I’m working on a new series of steel paintings for The Opera Gallery
In another life I’d be… a Victorian Magician!