Cliff Mills was born in Phoenix, Arizona and (subsequently) raised in Phoenix, Arizona. In pursuit of higher learning, Cliff re-located to the state of Idaho where he would undergo exhaustive artistic training in a formal capacity at Brigham Young University-Idaho. In addition to his artistic development, Cliff would study visual communication at some length. An autodidact whose talents range from comically surreal renderings to dynamically conceptualized works of remarkable intricacy. It's clear that my work is heavily influenced by my home state of Arizona. Low horizon and big sky. Screen any Sergio Leone film to confirm. I specialize in travel and editorial illustrations, as well as poster and t-shirt designs.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Cliff: I grew up with a fondness toward comic books. It seems safe to say this fondness served as the genesis of my love for illustration and visual media in general. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Cliff: Yes, I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho where I earned a degree in Visual Communication. Question: Where are you originally from? Cliff: Phoenix, Arizona. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Cliff: Phoenix, Arizona. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Cliff: The studio is a 10x10 ft. partitioned area which shares a common area with my children's toys. This makes for interesting late night strolls to the refrigerator. Question: How do you get your ideas? Cliff: Organically. Question: Do you collect anything? Cliff: Not throughout my adult years. However, I am in possession of a healthy comic book collection accumulated throughout my adolescence. Question: Who are your musical heroes? Cliff: David Bazan, Matthew Pryor (The Get Up Kids), Minus the Bear, Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Jawbreaker, and No Knife.
Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Cliff: It would be a pleasure to work with any of the record label/musicians/bands responsible for crafting the sounds to which I was exposed during my younger years. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Cliff: Likely an educator. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Cliff: The famous American Football coach Vince Lombardi once said, "The difference between a successful person and other is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Cliff: I would like to visit Sweden and walk amongst my Viking relatives. Perform Viking activities and cultivate a respectable crop of facial hair. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Cliff: Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future by Robert Reich. Question: What is your favourite game, computer or not? Cliff: "What if…?". Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Cliff: I would like to be a gunslinger such as those depicted in the films of Sergio Leone.