Moose Allain is an artist, cartoonist and prolific tweeter. He lives and works in Devon.
While 'waiting' to become an artist he enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, from turfing a ha-ha for the National Trust to directing and performing children’s theatre in Manchester. For many years he worked in London as an architect specialising in urban regeneration and contributed to the UK´s successful Olympic bid. He moved to the coast in 2006 to concentrate on his art and to have fun with his family by the sea.
In his finely detailed, playful pictures, he creates a charming world from his imagination. His work is known for his humour and wordplay.
While struggling with his addiction to Twitter, Moose had an epiphany. Since joining in 2009 he realised he'd been writing jokes, short stories, creating cartoons, animations, music, getting to know lots of fascinating people… Twitter wasn't an addiction it was a creative medium and if anyone asked he could say it was 'work'. Since then he has steadily grown an appreciative audience.
As well as creating his original artworks, in the last few years Moose has been involved in a wealth of other interesting projects and collaborations: he has had cartoons published in Private Eye and The Literary Review, published his first book called Fill-me-in, created animations for the BBC, drawn cartoon illustrations for the Pointless quiz show book, co-produced a music video for Elbow's song Lost Worker Bee, designed murals to decorate the interior of a waxing salon in Mexico City, produced a family guide for the Tate Britain's Lowry exhibition, a How “To Draw … Anything” guide for The Guardian website, he's even done a couple of bits of stand up in Soho, London.
Here is a link to a great interview with him for the exetreme imagination festival
He says “My drawings often start with ink splashes or marks on the paper, not completely random as I choose colour and intensity of distribution, but chance plays a large part. Once the ink or paint has dried I come back to them – sometimes months later – and look for shapes, perhaps in the way that people look for recognisable forms in clouds.
I like drawing small things. I take a piece of paper and splash some ink on it. Then say to myself “What are all these characters up to?” I think writing a caption transform the drawing from a pleasant doodle into something else. It contextualises the drawing in a way that surprises and delights. The joy for me is that the technique allows me to discover stories.“
Karen is Moose's wife and creative partner at World of Moose. She runs the business side of things and keeps an eye on Moose to make sure he's not tweeting too much.
The indispensable Sarah joined us in 2013, she manages the office and is the one who makes sure everything gets sent out and arrives looking so gorgeous.