Hi there Michael, could you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a 25 year old Illustrator and Artist from the UK working in the Advertising industry mainly. I started my career after leaving school and began selling posters I designed online before moving away from Graphic Design and toward Illustration. Though these days I'm finding myself moving back that way a bit.
How would you best describe your style of illustration?
I like the use of patterns and they've become my main focus in my illustration.
What tools do you use for your work?
Mainly just an old Macbook Pro I bought off eBay but more recently I've been trying to incorporate elements that aren't computer based and have been using and scanning oil pastel drawings. In the past I've also used live action footage that I've animated over.
You are represented by a few agencies world wide, what advice do you have for someone who would like to get represented by an agency?
When I got my agent is basically because I had no in-roads into the industry and needed someone with connections. I've been with George for a few years now and we work well together. My advice would be to see how you go on your own first you might find you do alright without representation. However if you do start to look for one the best advice I can give is to really nail down a style and process of illustrating (that's not to say it can't ever change) but they need something to sell to clients and if you're all over the map it can make it difficult for the agent to stick you in the mind of the client. That, and build up a nice bulk of work - commissioned or not commissioned.
What project have you had the most fun? The most memorable?
I worked on some packaging recently for Haagen Dazs (out later this year) which was great to work on, I got to combine a lot of different methods and techniques I'd been working on into 3 large repeating illustrations.
What kind illustrations do you love the most?
I don't have a favourite and I don't tend to stick with admiring one type of art either but I am enjoying more graphic 3D work lately.
Your proudest moment as an illustrator?
The would have to be towards to end of last year I worked on a double page type spread for The Washington Post, which was my first BIG newspaper commission and it was on the comedy legacy of Obama too. I even kept the Thank You letter I got from the Art Director I worked with too.
Any words of wisdom you would like to share?
If you're starting out you really need push to get something out of your starting jobs, whether that's pay, exposure (judge this for yourself whether it's worth it), free copies of the product or even the chance to try a new technique you've been working on. It's very easy for people who are being paid to tell you not work for free but the reality is you have to and if you have it make sure you're getting something out of it otherwise if you're not getting any of those things - move on. Your time is better spent else where.
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
Mainly Blues & Soul, I have a huge Spotify playlist which if you follow me on twitter I occasionally link to. It's got like 130 tracks on it or something.
Any books or websites you would recommend reading?
I'm reading a great book at the moment called We Do Things Differently by Mark Stevenson - it's not art related at all - but it's about people who've bucked the trend in industries and are changing them for the better, a lot of the time by having no prior knowledge of the industry before hand but by bringing their own skills in to it. I'd definitely recommend it.
A big thanks to Michael Arnold for taking the time to do the interview!
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