Nick Park (left) with me at Ardman Animations
Earlier this month I visited Aardman Animations in Bristol. I was there to interview Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit, Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep, and recipient of a shedload of awards, including a staggering four Oscars.
Now, you would think all that success would have serious ego inflation. Not a bit of it. Park is one of the most modest creatives I have ever met, reinforcing my view that truly talented people don’t have to go around shouting about themselves: their work says it all.
5ft (1.5m) models of Gromit ready to be displayed across Bristol.
In July, the large-scale Gromit statues (above) will be put on display around the city of Bristol, before being auctioned off in September in aid of the Bristol Children's Hospital. They have been individually decorated by a range of invited artists and designers, including Sir Paul Smith, Cath Kidston, illustrator Simon Tofield and animator Richard Williams, along with Aardman’s own creative team.
Okay, so let’s kick off with the first Graphic Journey Radio interview: No.1 Nick Park/Stop-motion animator.