One of the reasons I do like Twitter is that there is a huge art community on there, from people just starting out in design etc to the people who have all the experience to guide the newbies along. It's also very complimenting when people follow you and one of my followers happened to be Scott Connick
Mr Scott Connick above (Image courtesy of Scott Connick)
What was it that made you become interested in illustration?
I first discovered the world of illustration about 3-4 years ago and that’s when everything started to fit together for me in terms of art. Originally I was looking to do an apprenticeship in tattooing but eventually I came to the realisation that I wouldn’t really have the creative freedom to grow as an artist down that route. I think the world of illustration first clicked with me when I was having a long look into the art section of my local book store and discovered numerous contemporary art and illustration books, at that point I knew I wanted to be part of it.
At what point in your illustration career did you start to define your ‘style’? or do you think you don’t have a certain ‘style’?
I’m a firm believer in that you don’t set out to create your own unique style, it’s something that you develop throughout all your study and body of work. If I did have to choose a starting point though I’d have to say my endless time spent trying to recreate my favourite Marvel characters as a kid would have had something to do with it. Since then my style has become a sort of mish mash of things which inspire me and give me a surge of creativity such as art nouveau, tattoo art, comic book art and varying contemporary styles.
What has been the highlight of your illustration career so far?
Oh man this is a hard one to call. It’s always a highlight to hear my work getting a good reception or discovering that one of my posters is scattered around a venue miles away from where I live and sometimes in a different country, that sort of news I always find quite overwhelming really.
Above: (Image courtesy of Scott Connick)
What is your favourite tool to work with/in?
Black pigment ink by far. I have to say I think I have a slight OCD when it comes to filling in very small details with finelines and nailing the black tones just right with a Sharpie. I also have a love/hate relationship with Photoshop when it comes to colouring and adding the finishing details using my Wacom tablet. I don’t think any media I have touched so far has had the same impact with me as ink seems to create so that’s definitely what I’ll be sticking too for a long time.
Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? Tell me all...!
Another hard one to call! Ermmm I would have to say the utterly brilliant Aaron Horkey. When I first discovered his work it was like he took all my best artistic inputs and multiplied them. His poster work is some of the best I’ve ever seen and the promoters and music artists he works with are some of my personal favourites too. That would also mean I’d be able to learn some of his secrets and how the man actually has the time to pool in so much detail into so many pieces. I do believe he could be a machine.
Would you say your work has been influenced by the above illustrator or would you say your work has been influenced by other artists/nobody?
I wouldn’t really say my work has been influenced by Aaron Horkey as he is a relatively new discovery to me. I guess my main influences when it comes to my pieces would be the amazing Yoshitaka Amano (famous for his stunning Final Fantasy works), Alphonse Mucha, Yuko Shimizu, Jim Lee and many other artists who I’ve met and have offered me great amounts of advice on my path as an illustrator.
What colour crayon would you be and why?
Ah definitely have to be Red! Something striking and bold and also the colour of my favourite football team, that one’s pretty much a no brainer.
Last but not least, pen or pencil? and why !
Pen, quite permanant and has much more impact on paper I’ve never been a huge pencil fan though to be honest.
Above: (Image courtesy of Scott Connick)