Hello there! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Max Lockwood, I am a recent graduate from Southampton Solent University with a BA (Honours) in Illustration. Right now I’d say that I was a fledgling Illustrator hoping to make a mark on the industry that I have grown to love over the years. I enjoy drawing and creating artwork and couldn’t really see myself doing anything else...
What are you currently working on right now?
At the moment I’ve been working on a self-initiated project called ‘Hearty Seas’ which is based on all things nautical and obscure. I aim to turn into a small story or zine. But my main drive so far has been my creative design agency which I run with my brother called Peow Peow. It is merely a collaboration and a place to showcase our works where we offer graphics, illustration and print services.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I have got to be honest, I haven’t really thought that far ahead but I do know that I’m happy with the way my work is developing and am beginning to hone in on a specific style. I’m sure later on in life my work will take different turns and I may become influenced by other aspects as I get older that will change the way I work. I do hope that I’ll be living elsewhere, possibly Canada continuing to do Illustration and hopefully get some of my artwork published, but I can only dream...
What drew you to illustration?
Well I’ve always been interested in art from a young age, but I would have to give credit to my father for introducing me to Illustration, who in fact isn’t all that art minded. In 2007 he stumbled upon an article in the Guardian Newspaper of an exhibition by the well respected Illustrator John Vernon Lord at The University of Brighton’s Centre for Contemporary Visual Art and suggested to go see it. I was drawn to his work instantly and was mesmerized by the sheer detail and accuracy he put into each of his works and I knew from then on that I wanted to pursue a career in Illustration.
Would you mind sharing a little about your creative process with us?
My creative process is based on inspiration I get from music, nature, animals, antiquities, and life experiences. My work is a combination of detailed, hand drawn illustration and print, in pen & ink. I focus my work on intense detail and strong drawing. When starting a new project I always begin by sketching out in rough the composition and layout, then inking in my lines using Staedtler, Edding, and Sharpie fine-liners where I will then scan my pieces and finish off by colouring using Photoshop. My work uses a lot of line art and more than often combines animal elements, as well as digital and traditional media.
Where are you located?
I’m currently living in Reading, UK...but dream of living in Canada.
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