The creative bug bit Matthew at a young age. One of his friends had a father who was a cartoonist and Matthew loved visiting his studio and gazing at the racks of marker pens, watercolors, prints and old Association of Illustrators contact books. He attended Camberwell College of the Arts, completing a BA in Graphic Design, specializing in Illustration during his final year.
Most images begin with hand drawings, in pencil or ink. The initial sketch is scanned in, colored and composed on a computer. Matthew likes to make sure the human element shines through in his work not just with his hand-drafted outlines, but via the strokes and splats he applies along the way.
Strong line work is filled in with subtle – sometimes bright – digital coloring for a lively contemporary feel. Brush strokes and ink drops add flourishes of texture and lend an unexpected aspect to Matthew’s work.
Question: Do you have any formal design training? Matthew: Yes, I spent three years at Camberwell College of Arts. Question: Where is your studio? Matthew: I currently work from home but am looking to move into a shared space before too long. Question: Who/What is your biggest inspiration? Matthew: Life. Progress/regress. Question: Do you collect anything? Matthew: I have quite an obsessive personality so yes I do collect things. Particularly records, though I must confess this has slowed down during the past few years due to the fact that most of the music I listen to now is via an MP3 file.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Matthew: Currently no, but I think I might start a digital one via the website Ffffound. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Matthew: The album artwork for the band ‘Monster’s of Folk’ was a dream job for me. Not only have I always wanted to do an album cover, it happened to be for a band I have a great deal of respect for and one that I thoroughly enjoy listening to. Question: Who is/are your art/illustration hero/oes? Matthew: David Hockney, Ralph Steadman, Miroslav Sasek. Question: Who is/are your musical hero/oes? Matthew: Bruce Springsteen. Question: If you weren't an illustrator what would you be? Matthew: An Architect.
Guardian, Sunday Times, Royal Mail, VICE UK, GQ, Sunday Publishing, Wall Street JournalFavourites
: Bar Italia, Soho.
: Rough Trade.
: Probably BBC.co.uk
: David Carson