Where did you create your latest book / project? How important to you is the space in which you create?
My graphic novel Daruma has been created in a very diverse range of places - on a jet scribbling sudden inspirations on the back of a ‘sick bag’, in coffee shops on napkins, on trains and send from my iphone to myself, scribbled in sketches sitting in a temple garden in Japan. Somehow, the odder the place the better the ideas!
|David Lovegrove's Iga Ninja|
My story is about ninjas and geishas and robots plus all sorts of other unconnected things. I have my “old Japan” space at home and my studio where I sit and collate and rewrite and sketch. I watch a LOT of Samurai movies, read lots of manga and listen to arcane Japanese music and I also practice kung fu so I am always ‘in character’.
|David Lovegrove's Manga DVD collection|
The Samurai DVD collection keeps growing, as does the Daruma doll and Japanese arcana collection. I write at the desk that I used as a teen that I inherited from my dear storytelling Nana.
Do you keep regular writing hours? If not, when do you write?
I tend to write whenever I get the chance, hence the sick bags and napkin approach - we have three young children so life is pretty hectic at home. My studio is my hideout but the kids give me energy. I write a lot late at night too.
|David Lovegrove's Studio|
Yoga and practicing Wing Chun kung fu (which is a relaxing internal style) and listening to traditional Indian and Japanese music are my ways to settle my mind. If I don’t do them the daily stresses of life can really throw me off track.