Monday, July 20, 2009

Jason Atherton

1.. What's this illustration for?

Character Design for AAMI of an AFL Umpire for one of AAMI`s contest/promos.

2.. Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration - how do you start?

No, just start with rough thumbnails of an idea, then build the sketches up so they are more refined. Usually complete the pencil image with the lighbox.

3.. How did you get your start as an illustrator?

I starting designing artwork for surf companies.

4.. Who or what has influenced your work?

Artists would be: Ed Benedict, Jim Phillips, Robert Williams, Walt Disney, Ed Big Daddy Roth, Alex Grey, HR Giger, Salvador Dali, Austin Osman Spare, Brian Froud.

Other influences would be music, old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, American trash culture etc..

5.. What's your favourite media for creating pictures?

Unfortunately i haven`t painted in quite a while, so i`ll have to go with Adobe Illustrator.

6.. Do you experience illustrator's block - if so, what do you do
about it?


7.. What's the worst thing about being a freelancer?

. Dealing with middlemen who think they are above you.
. Dealing with potential clients who expect work done for very little money.
. Ridiculous unrealistic deadlines.
. Working crazy long hours.
. Dealing with time-wasters.

8.. And the best?

. Working from home in my pajamas, having breaks when it suits me.

9.. What are you working on at the moment?

Maybe a new folio. I`m deciding if i even want to continue to work in this industry.

10.. Where can we see more of your work?

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