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illustrating & blogging from indiana, USA with andy j miller

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illustrating & blogging from indiana, USA with andy j miller

i’ll say it. andy j miller is amazing. even though i’ve only discovered him in recent months, he’s become a huge inspiration to me. i absolutely love his illustration to pieces, and his blog is an amazing resource and full of posts that will get you thinking, smiling, and feeling. i am so strongly for people that spread colour, happiness, thoughtfulness and positivity to the world and andy is for sure doing that.
if you’re an illustrator or creative yourself his blog is a MUST. i deem in necessary for you to read. but read this interview first :) oh, and you can buy the above print here.
hey andy! could you please give us a little intro to your work and your blog?
My work is like if Alexander Girard was super super into Fraggle Rock.

My blog is like if illustration was church, my blog posts would be my sermons. Think theory and philosophy behind being a creative, rather than practical tutorial.

illustrating & blogging from indiana, USA with andy j miller
do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?
That’s a tough one. I’d probably have to say the dream journal for Chronicle Books, Strange Dreams. It’s actually got 10 art spreads that are my favorite work to date, in a lot of ways.

Really what I love is that more than any other work that I’ve made, the journal captures the essence of the type of spooky, dreamy vibe I’m trying to shoot for.

what’s been your career highlight so far?
I’d have to say working on TV indents for Nickelodeon. It’s weird to say this, because it’s a corporation, but Nickelodeon is really dear to my heart. It was definitely a big part of my childhood, so being involved in this way just means a lot to me.

Skip Hursh is a buddy of mine who works as a designer for Nick, and although I love working with the whole in house team, Skip and I have really similar tastes, but different skills, and that is always really exciting.

illustrating & blogging from indiana, USA with andy j miller
do you have anything you’d like to achieve in the future?
I probably think about this too much.

I’m starting this web comic, “NOD: Poncho’s Story”, that is a really big deal to me. I’m a little afraid to venture into this, because I don’t come from a comics background, but it just seems like the right medium to tell this story. This story is something I’m extremely passionate about, and I’d love for it to eventually be more than a web comic, like maybe a graphic novel or something animated.

illustrating & blogging from indiana, USA with andy j miller
if you have one, what is your all time favourite illustration or artwork? why? what does it mean to you?
I don’t know if I have one…but I can say that the biggest inspiration to me is Fraggle Rock.

That may seem like a joke…it’s not.

That show is just this amazing diamond in the rough. It tackles feelings of loss, purposelessness, individualism and being an outsider. All the while maintaining a commentary on class, and also how we coexist with other ecosystems.

The icing on the cake is how unique the atmosphere of that show is. Like melancholy, exuberant absurdity and eerie mystery.

To me, it’s really like an American version of Moomins or Totoro.

…and it’s funny!

how do you juggle creating and blogging?
That’s a tough one. I guess I don’t make a distinction between them. My distinction is more between client paid work and personal projects. Blogging to me has become part of my creative work, I always create editorial style images for my posts and sometimes I just make visual content for my blog.

I sort of just go with the flow. Sometimes my client work is so piled up I can’t post very much on my blog, but when it’s quiet I post more.

Trusting these ebbs and flows is sort of spiritual and cosmic for me, like having faith that if I keep creating while things are slow, things will pick up again when they’re supposed to. The key is to just keep going. It works!

illustrating & blogging from indiana, USA with andy j miller
do you have any favourite arty blogs you like to read?
It’s Nice That does a great job of feeling like a real legitimate publication. They’re always posting new exciting and insightful stuff.

where are your favourite places for art? to see, buy, whatever’s on your mind.
Absolutely 100%: independent bookshops. I love coming across an obscure, well printed comic, kids book or magazine that inspires me. Almost nothing is as exciting to me as that.

illustrating & blogging from: boston, USA with josh lafayette

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josh lafayette is an illustrator, letterer and just all round awesome guy. i am so on board with people that are kind and like to spread positivity and josh is one of those! i can’t remember how i fist discovered him, but i think it was through society6 a couple years ago. then i remember tuesday bassen mentioning him on twitter & followed immediately! you should too.

if you want to know more about josh, go ahead and read his interview below.

please love yourself illustrated quote by josh lafayettehey josh! could you please give us a little intro to your work and your blog?
I’m a designer and illustrator in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I like to draw letters and food and things that make me laugh. I post a new drawing to my blog every Monday through Friday (just posted number 750 earlier this week!).

louise bourgeois quote by josh lafayette
do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?
Oh man, that’s a tough one! I recently illustrated a Louise Bourgeois quote, and I really like the way it turned out.

what’s been your career highlight so far?
Well, I hate to be this way, but I got a small project last summer that was super, super exciting for me, but I can’t say anything about it until October! It was with a big company who I’ve loved since I was a kid, they were a dream to work with, and they paid me what I asked—It was really great!!

hand lettered frederick douglass quote

do you have anything you’d like to achieve in the future?
My dream is to own a store front with a studio in the back. I’d make everything in the studio and sell it directly to people in real life. I’d love even more to do this in Europe! :)

if you have one, what is your all time favourite illustration or artwork? why? what does it mean to you?
Oh man, this one’s even harder! I studied art in college—including a ton of art history courses—so I could go on and on about art. I truly love it. I can always find inspiration in the collage works of the Cubists and Dadaists and the paintings of the Impressionists and Neo-Expressionists. Seeing how these groups of people took their knowledge of (and skills in) “proper art,” forgot it, and made something “naïve” is wonderful.

how do you juggle creating and blogging?
My blogging consists mainly of posting new personal work once a day, every weekday, so it goes hand in hand for me. And I’ve been doing it since 2011, so it’s pretty much second nature now!

eat good, be nice, have fun - quote

do you have any favourite arty blogs you like to read?
I mainly use Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with individual artists, but on the rare chance that I look at proper blogs, I like BLDGWLF, DesignWorkLife, and my newest love is the awesomely low-brow, animatedtext.

where are your favourite places for art? to see, buy, whatever’s on your mind.
There’s a great museum here in Boston called The Institute of Contemporary Art (I used to work there!) that I love to visit when the weather is warm. There are a ton of small galleries around the city as well (that I don’t go to as much as I’d like to). I love to walk around the city and see the way architecture and other man-made things interact with nature. That’s a big inspiration for me. It doesn’t really influence my work, but it inspires me to enjoy being alive—an important thing that I often forget to do! :)

illustrating & blogging from: berkshire, UK with ryan humphrey

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i can’t remember how i discovered ryan humphrey, but i think it was via twitter. i was instantly drawn to his work, and his very distinct style. i don’t think i’ve ever seen any illustration quite like his, which is a rare thing these days.

he mostly works with pencil, and what i assume is crayons and watercolours. he regularly posts work on his tumblr, which you should definitely have a look at.

want to know more about ryan and his work? read on!


hey ryan! could you please give us a little intro to your work and your blog?
My name is Ryan Humphrey aka withapencilinhand. im a 25 year old freelance illustrator and zine maker!

illustrating & blogging from: berkshire, UK with ryan humphrey

do you have a favourite piece that you’ve made?
This is such a difficult thing to really pin point because my mind changes! i try to enjoy each piece i make, because my ideas tend to be around subjects and concept that happen instantly in my brain. In recent works I would say that my favourite drawing is RiFF RAFF with ReD ROSeS, because he saw it and re-tweeted it and posted on his instagram haha.

illustrating & blogging from: berkshire, UK with ryan humphrey
do you have anything you’d like to achieve in the future?
I would like to achieve more followers and fans with my work, its kinda like having power, you want more power! of course i would be a good person now a bad guy! but more i do work and see people like it the more i want to keep doing it. Now I am starting to take making zines more seriously and hopefully develop more as a zine maker and do more festivals and stuff, and see what happens. To me I treat drawing and art in general as a new day everyday, so whatever happens in the future i am ready!

illustrating & blogging from: berkshire, UK with ryan humphrey
if you have one, what is your all time favourite illustration or artwork? why? what does it mean to you?
I don’t really have one ultimate favourite piece of work, but certain ones have inspired me more to push myself with my work. One that stands out to me that i first saw as a teenager was Two Irishmen in W11 (1984-5) by Lucian Freud. When I first saw this painting i was completely amazed at the level of detail not just of the sitters or portraits but of the surroundings as well. The detail of out the window to see flats and roofs made me think that detail and observation was so vital, and even the nude paintings by Freud showed such careful detail and quite abstract poses. there is an unnatural body shape in some of the paintings but that was what Freud saw, and that’s why i make figures of mine look different with their anatomy but the detail fairly spot on.

how do you juggle creating and blogging?
I juggle it by mixing the two! i know how important it is now for an young artist to post work online, just to get content out there for the world to see. i remember being told having a website helps so much and never regretted getting tumblr at all. i try to create work from what i see on tumblr, and what my followers tell me and show me out there because for me as a illustrator i make my work topical in today’s internet society.

do you have any favourite arty blogs you like to read?
this is real tough one and i can’t actually think of 10 from the top of my head, but here’s a selection that i really feel they are good:
adamwilsonholmes.tumblr.com
art-creature.tumblr.com
chrisbayleyyyillustration.tumblr.com

But one of my favourites is covnt.tumblr.com because i’ve seen such an improvement with colour and line that it’s great to see.

where are your favourite places for art? to see, buy, whatever’s on your mind.
My favourite places to see art is anywhere! thats one of the best things of art it can be seen anywhere and everywhere. it feels a special honour to be a part of a world where you make work thats a part of you that anyone can see and feel a connection to. everything changes in your work because of constant inspiration around you. all places vary like an old museum to on the walls on the back of a sweet shop. i see art all round me and its delicious mmmm.

illustrating & blogging from: berkshire, UK with ryan humphrey