Rod Hunt

Rod Hunt

As an Anglia Ruskin alumnus - it's a University, Google it - I receive, and occasionally read, the quarterly alumni magazine. Don't ask how they tracked me down to Wood Green, I don't remember subscribing to anything. Filled with the usual articles of successful former students doing excellent work at home and abroad I came across an interesting piece on fellow alumni Rod Hunt the illustrator and holder of a BA in illustration from Anglia's Cambridge campus that, for once, made me feel almost proud to have spent three years of my life at, what was then, one of the worst Universities in the country.

You may not know the name very well but I'm pretty certain you will have seen Rod's illustrations somewhere be it in his best-selling book Where's Stig? - imagine Where's Wally? but instead of stripy topped Wally it's the all white test driver Stig from BBC's Top Gear that we're searching for - or on one of the may websites, ad campaigns or book covers he's been commissioned to do.

His style is slightly retro and incredibly detailed, reminiscent of the classic PC game Sims. I imagine each commission must take weeks to complete and I'd be interested to know what his creative process is: does he use software from beginning to end or is the good old pen and paper method employed at any stage? Either way, he must have the patience of a saint.