A chap from the North West of the UK, Gareth Arrowsmith, is an artist/illustrator whose bright colourfull work can instantly brighten a face. Here’s our Q&A with this Liverpool John Moores University graduate…
How did you know you wanted to be an illustrator?
I started drawing from a young age. It’s one of the first things that kept me quiet and that I had a real interest in. Later on, I studied illustration at University. That’s when I was first published in a local magazine. Seeing my drawing in that magazine was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had; and I thought “I could do this for the rest of my life.”
What’s the inspiration behind your style?
I’m not sure. I started drawing one day and this is how the drawings came out. As a kid, I was always drawing Disney, Nickelodeon and the Simpsons characters so that might have been a subconscious influence.
What’s the coolest / most exciting project that you’ve ever done?
So far, the coolest project I have ever done was a mural commission in a subway. It showcased animals burrowing underground. It was a daunting task as it was the largest mural I had ever painted, but I loved every minute of it. I’d love to do more mural/street art projects in the future.
Who is another designer that people should definitely check out?
Without a doubt, my all time favorite has to be Jamie Hewlett. He’s the co-creator of the comic Tank Girl and co-creator and artist for the virtual band Gorillaz. I remember going to an exhibition of his Gorillaz work at the Design Museum in London. It was one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen.
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