Nathan Aardvark is an illustrator and concept artist based in Zürich, Switzerland.
With fingers in many pies his work in conceptual art for video games, sequential art for comics and storyboards, illustrations for print and new media, stencil art and animations and games for mobile devices has taken him through many cities in Europe and America.
Through a demanding, diverse and high profile clientele, Nathan's work continues to be high in quality, advanced in technique and flexible in style which is demonstrated in his portfolio. His choice of media relates directly to the creative expectations; from oils, and spray cans to photographs and Wacoms.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Nathan: Drawing is a great form of escapism and a good way to quiet a busy mind. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Nathan: I studied Mulitmedia Design at Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Question: Where are you originally from? Nathan: I'm a Liverpool lad. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Nathan: I live in Zürich, drawn to the small city cleanliness and the contrasting grimey arts subculture. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Nathan: My last studio was in a small but beautiful squat that we called “The Castle”. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? Nathan: The lake of Zürich, trees, mountains, stars and flying cars. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Nathan: Right now I'm ears deep in the enigmatic music of Arthur Russell. Question: How do you get your ideas? Nathan: I need to play idea tennis with someone then something great can happen. Question: Do you collect anything? Nathan: I have a small collection of primitive weapons and garments from the Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Nathan: Only digitally. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Nathan: Philosophy, People, Street art, Psychedelic drug culture, Parties.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Nathan: Recently I found out that I can pour latex undercoat over household objects to leave a perfect mould to hang on a wall. Looks great. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Nathan: I'd really love to do some large scale illustrations for an interior space. Question: Who are your art heroes? Nathan: I once saw an installation by Fischli/Weiss that blew my mind. I love the porcelain sculptures of Kate D. MacDowell. Question: Who are your musical heroes? Nathan: Right now I like Nick Cave, David Lynch, Captain Beefheart and Arthur Russell. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Nathan: Draw all the time with people who like to draw in places you like to draw in. Question: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas? Nathan: Exercise, meditation and chocolate cake. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Nathan: I'd like to try and live in a treehouse in the forest. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Nathan: Grooveshark – for music. Democracy Now – for news. Wooster Collective – for street art.
Xbox, BBC, Sony Computer Ent., Comcast, Optus, KPM Music House (EMI), Sony MGM, Discovery Channel, Weetabix, Coop - Switzerland, Credit Suisse, Elephant Family, Zurich Insurance, Stromzukunft, Chocolat Frey, Post FinanceFavourites
: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
: Papua New Guinea
: British Museum