Award winning Illustrator Ben Tallon's work is 100% naturally crafted using pen and ink, spray paints/paints/textures and found materials. He combines experimental mark-making with a strong command of crafted typography. Hand Drawn and layered in photoshop, his work spans across Advertising, Editorial, Publishing, Design and New Media. Working for many major clients on an international front, Ben's work is super-contemporary fusing traditional techniques with fresh ideas and direction. Ben is also creative director of Quenched Music dealing with visual identity and CD Sleeve Design in the music industry and works with E4 on Television Trailers collaborating with leading animators.
Question: What first drew you to illustration/design? Ben: I've drawn pretty much since I stopped wearing nappies so it was just a case of deciding whether to pursue art or sport as a career. As soon as I realized I wasn't going to play for Leeds United then it was just a case of working my way up. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Ben: Yes, I took a BTEC in Graphic Design, then studied the first year of a Graphic Media Communications before switching to a BA Hons Degree in Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire. Question: Where is your studio? Ben: "The Snoozing Ken" which is actually named after a Victorian brothel. It's also Danny Allison's spare room and I should place on record that the title is merely for our amusement, no reflection on the nature of Danny's establishment, ha ha! We have shared a studio for just over a year now, ridiculous fun. Question: Who/What is your biggest inspiration? Ben: I am a massive fan of many sports, if I'm not stressing about my work I'm watching Football, Rugby League or my guilty pleasure-professional wrestling, WWE. My two biggest influences right now are Eminem and Ric Flair, considered the greatest wrestler there's been.
Question: How do you get your ideas? Ben: From a very broad range of sources. My main ideas come straight from the old brain box when breaking down a brief but my visual ideas come from all walks of life. I'm forever jotting down ideas when I'm out and about whether it's a night out or on a bus. Question: Do you collect anything? Ben: No. I hate 'stuff.' You can't take anything with you. All my original artwork was binned last week, tough but necessary. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Ben: I'm a huge Leeds United FC fan and I have clippings spread across four scrapbooks from every game from the 97/98 season, the height of my obsession. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Ben: Football, Rugby League, Pro Wrestling, Travelling, Photography, Dog Walking, Beers and Playing Out. I've rediscovered it recently. No texts, no calls, just cycle right the way across town to knock on a friend's door. If they're not in, unlucky. Question: What would be your "dream job/commission"? Ben: Working on the posters for Wrestlemania or album artwork for Eminem. Question: Who is/are your musical hero/oes? Ben: Eminem, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Ian Brown. Question: Do you have a favourite Cafe? Ben: Antonio's in Manchester near Piccadilly Station. It's gloriously greasy, the cutlery is so dirty.
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