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Q&A with Andy Council

Illustrator, mural artist and painter

My name is Andy Council, I am an illustrator, mural artist and painter based in Bristol UK.  Dinosaurs have been a constant theme in my work....

What inspired you to become an illustrator?

I originally wanted to go into doing animation, but found my detailed style of drawing suited illustration more. I love drawing so it is an ideal field of work for me. I got into painting murals with spray paint via friends of mine who are Graff artists. I love painting pieces at a large scale that are full of colour.

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What design tools do you use?

Pencil, pens, paper, Photoshop, Acrylics, Spray Paint.

What is your ideal work environment?

Somewhere quiet where I can listen to my own music ideally, but doing the mural pieces I'm used to working in a variety of rather chaotic environments.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

I get inspiration from a variety of sources.  I check out the work of Graffiti artists often and love architecture and visiting new places and feeding off the vibe of them.  I sometimes work with children, getting them to create city creature drawings like mine.  i think it would be fair to say that they inspire me often.

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Who is the person you admire most?

I don't think I have any one person that I admire.  There are a few close friends of mine from the Bristol Graffiti scene who I respect greatly as they are constantly pushing forward and creating.

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