Lewes Herriot

*lil note: Finally got the virus out of laptop- yay!*
Now for the real stuff!
I saw Lewes Herriot’s work in a graphic design magazine I was reading while I was procrastinating from study and was drawn in by his graphics that the magazine featured. I went into his MySpace to check out his other work and just had to get in contact with him. He’s done many graphics for bands (any bands out there need any graphics done?) and the majority of his work uses a lot of bright colours on black backgrounds- something that does personally appeal to me. He uses a lot of blending in his work such as blending objects and words into one big art piece- the result is a captivating piece of work. Not to say all his work looks alike, he does have variety in his pieces and I highly recommend people take a look at his blog and MySpace.

Now have a read about his interview and learn about his amazing art and his cactus named Colin:

Who’s the brains behind the designs- tell me a little about yourself and what kinda stuff you do?
I’m a 25 year old self-taught artist and illustrator living in Birmingham. I’ve been uploading my work onto the internet for little over a year, trying to get my work seen and make contacts, whilst doing work for musicians and bands I enjoy along the way. I work during the day in a non-art related thing and use my free time to create pictures of gods riding animals and giant bird men in canyons.

When and how did you start out?
I’ve always enjoyed drawing and used to spend a lot of time as a kid copying cartoon characters and then creating my own. Role models like Stay Puft and The Shredder were integral to my early days as an artist. I used to videotape things like the intro to Ghostbusters and pause it to copy out the various things I liked. My parents would always give me paper and pens and encourage me to draw. In the few art lessons I had at school, I didn’t enjoy being forced to draw the way the teacher wanted me to, so didn’t pursue art academically anymore, opting for drama and music instead. It was only when due to boredom I returned to spend a short while in a part-time art course in 2007 that I felt inspired to start making a career out of my art. Due to the amount of work I soon took on, I had to leave the course prematurely, but being given the short time to think about my artwork and research other art more closely was a vital kickstart.

Did you find it hard to get your work “out there”?
It’s still far from out anywhere. It’s nice to see photos of big store displays for bands I’ve done art for in places like Japan, but that’s more the band’s work being a success than mine. The illustrations I’ve done for magazines have all been band related really, so again, I’m kinda riding people’s coat-tails at the moment. I do feel a slow progression. I get a lot of nice messages and emails from people who like my style of drawing, which is amazingly encouraging. This is just from constantly creating work and uploading it, sending it to people, emailing people who I think will like it. It’s all you can do. With the internet of course, it’s a lot easier to get the contacts you need and show your work to people you think should see it. It can help to have a degree but it’s far from crucial.

What’s your inspiration behind the designs?
Everything. I like to walk around the hills and forests I live near and think a lot about my work and the characters and places in them. I tend not to think too much about the image just before I start it though, I just get an idea of the shape and space I’d like to cover. Then I link the initial shapes with patterns, characters and writing in as lucid and automatic way as possible. This tends to draw in a lot of influence from whatever I’m reading or watching around the time, which usually means various things from wildlife documentaries to graphic novels. I also tend to draw in rhythm to whatever I’m listening to at the time, which could be anything from The Mars Volta to an episode of Frasier. I also foundd the artwork of Gustav Dore and Heironymus Bosch to be hugely inspiring as well as the book ‘The Invisibles’ by Grant Morrison.

Any advice for aspiring artists?
A lot of people say you need to get your work seen by as many people, send cards and emails here there and everywhere. What they neglect to tell you is that you can save yourself a lot of time, money and rejection if you only aim at the places you really really want to work for. Research your chosen field, if they reject you, go away, improve, try again. The internet is amazing for being able to contact people who can help you, it’s just a matter of seeing which artists work like you, and politely and sincerely bombarding them and their friends for help. Politeness is key.

Any big plans in the near future?
I want a shop, online or real, to sell my work from. Tshirts, prints, posters, badges, stickers, books, the lot. One day, a big hardback book full of things from my head. I’m also working on a music video for Free Moral Agents and also working on the next Johnny Foreigner album. Also hopefully selling out and having some tshirts for sale in a local well-known shop outlet type thing.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
I’ve had a few things in circulation really… death cab, fleet foxes, broken social scene on the stereo and Tubelord and Dinosaur Pileup on the ol’ myspace cos I dont have cd’s by them. And I dont have an ipod because CD’s are so much more fun to buy. and to throw and to scratch and to lose.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
a pen? yay artsy answer.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
it’s Colin. and it’s a cactus. the secret’s out!

Check out his MySpace or his Blog or buy something from his Online Store- either way just have take a quick peek at his work!

Links:
Lewes Herriot MySpace
Lewes Herriot Blog
Lewes Herriot Online Store

Lewes Herriot Contact:
lewesherriot@hotmail.co.uk

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