My second 2012 Artist Spotlight goes to:
Mr Matthew Ellero
What was it that made you become interested in illustration?
I have Rolf Harris to thank for that! I saw a book at a primary school Book Fair- 'Rolf Harris' Cartoon Time' and it really got me into drawing. I began by copying pictures from books, then created my own characters and it evolved from there!
What inspires your pieces? Is there a certain place, song, person etc?
Depends on the illustration. I try to draw inspiration from different places so that each illustration has its own influences.
Is there a certain illustrator etc that you would like to work with? and would you say your work has been influenced by them?
I'd love to work with Camilla D'errico. Her work is beautiful- i wouldn't say i've been influenced by her images (our styles are very different) although her work helps motivate me- one day i'd love to be as successful as her.
Above: 'Cars in the Wild 3D' (Image courtesy of Matthew Ellero)
What is your favourite tool to work with/in?
rubber. I use it a lot in my pencil drawings, especially in the early
stages when i'm just sketching. I would be lost without it!
What has been the highlight of your 'career' so far?
Being considered by Digital Artist magazine as one of the top 10 Creatives to watch in 2012.
Pen or pencil? and why !
Definitely pencil! I like the subtle changes in tone you get with a pencil. Adds more character to your drawings. (Plus you can also easily erase any mistakes!)
Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
Sitting in a fashionable apartment somewhere, Illustrating children's books.
Above: 'Get Crafty' (Image courtesy of Matthew Ellero)
A question from our last Artist Spotlight, Joanne Hawker asked: 'Everyone has at least one new skill or technique they’d like to master. What’s yours?'
Working to a large scale. It would be nice to experiment with paints and large marker pens.
the moment all my illustrations have been for magazines or activity
books or CD's. I'd like to paint a massive wall or create some
Last but not least, I would like you to leave a question to ask the next artist - related to design or not (Obviously nothing outrageous!) What is that question?
Everyone has one- what would be your dream commission?