It’ s always wonderful to get to know someone. And wouldn’t it be nice to know a little bit more about the people behind the pictures we love so much? So here we go. Three short questions to our amazing illustrators and the illustrators they admire the most. To make it even more fun we’ re going to add a little game to it – the next interviewed illustrator is previous illustrators’ favourite. Happy inspiring!

Karan Singh

madebykaran.com

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I really wanted to be a pilot. I used to love flying as a kid and everything about it fascinated me.

Describe your perfect inspirational environment. Place? Music? Things on the table? Time of day? Drink?
Early morning or late at night are my favourite times because they are the quietest. I became a night owl during my time at school, and the late nights in my dimly lit bedroom are where I spent most of my time drawing. It’s quiet and cosy.

What is your favourite illustration from other illustrator?
Andrew Archer has been doing amazing things for a while. It’s tough to choose one. Let’s go with one of his works for the “A Scanner Darkly” book.


Karan’s favourite illustration:
Works for the “A Scanner Darkly” book by Andrew Archer

Brian Cronin

briancronin.com

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An Astronaut , I was 11 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But I was afraid of heights.

Describe your perfect inspirational environment. Place? Music? Things on the table? Time of day? Drink?
At home in my studio. I am listening to Ian Drury a lot this week for some reason. I was a Punk in the lates 70’s.

What is your favourite illustration from other illustrator?
I admire greatly Pierre Le-Tan. I just realized he just passed away. I was lucky enough to have purchased one of his originals some years ago.


Brian’s favourite illustration:
Intérieur au canapé by Pierre Le-Tan

Tatsuro Kiuchi

tatsurokiuchi.com

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be either a comic artist or a painter. I didn’t know there was a profession called illustrator then.

Describe your perfect inspirational environment. Place? Music? Things on the table? Time of day? Drink?
This may sound rather direct and boring, but standing in front of my computer in my studio, playing around with Photoshop is my inspirational environment. No music.

What is your favourite illustration from other illustrator?
I would say “Welcome picnickers” by B. B. Cronin. I love his absolutely beautiful colors and amazingly intriguing forms, designs, and characters.


Tatsuro’s favourite illustration:
Welcome picknickers by B. B. Cronin

R. Kikuo Johnson

rkikuojohnson.com

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I loved bugs and wanted to be an entomologist. By age ten, that was replaced with wanting to be a comic book artist, specifically Jim Lee.

Describe your perfect inspirational environment. Place? Music? Things on the table? Time of day? Drink?
I love backpacking through the National Parks of America. By the 15th mile through a vast and dramatic landscape, it never fails that the seeds of new stories have begun to take root.

What is your favourite illustration from other illustrator?
I’ll choose Tatsuro Kiuchi’s illustration for the New York Times article, “Let your winter garden go wild.” The view of the yellow house through a bird filled thicket is just so beautiful and such an unintuitive compositional choice. This piece is absolute magic to me.


R. Kikuo’s favourite illustration:
Let Your Winter Garden Go Wild by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Malika Favre

malikafavre.com

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. I am not sure where that idea came from but I was fascinated by the idea of understanding the mind.

Describe your perfect inspirational environment. Place? Music? Things on the table? Time of day? Drink?
AMy perfect setting for inspiration would be in a busy street market, surrounded by colours, craft and objects stalls and people loudly speaking a foreign language. I find inspiration in chaos.

What is your favourite illustration from other illustrator?
One of my absolute favorite would be Commencement by R. Kikuo Johnson. Stunning on the outside, brilliant on the inside.


Malika’s favourite illustration:
Commencement by R. Kikuo Johnson

Krists Darzins

Creator of 21wallpaper
azaistudios.com

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It was changing from day to day – architect, artist, musician etc. All professions I dreamed about were creative so looks that I have made my dream come true 🙂

Describe your perfect inspirational environment. Place? Music?
Best environment for me is the same place every day so no open space and coffee places for me. Music always on and it changes accordingly to the project I’m working on. I like my workplace to be clean and without clutter – my Macbook, large screen and water (best cold, salty and sparkling). I like to work during the day, I’m more a morning person. I did work evenings some while ago for a year and it took too much energy so I try to avoid working after 6PM.

What is your favourite illustration from other illustrator?
I’m a big fan of Malika Favre and right now I would like to highlight her illustration made for Eurostar Metropolitan Magazine – animated Van Gogh. That Van Gogh’s badass look and color palette works perfectly!


Krists’ favourite illustration:
Van Gogh by Malika Favre