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Q&A with Colin Kersley

Draws black & white under name Alternative Aesthetics

I'm a human called Colin Kersley. I draw stuff in glorious black and white under the name Alternative Aesthetics. I've also created a bunch of apparel for people to put on their bodies. I dwell in my drawing cave…it's not as glamorous as the Batcave but between you and me, I think Bruce is showing off a bit. I like to spill my imagination to create all sorts of things to go on other things. They're all a bit odd.


What inspired you to become a designer?

The voices in my head. They've been there since I was a kid and they told me that they won't be leaving, so we made a deal where they tell me weird stuff and I draw it. Seems to be working out alright so far.

What design software (or tools) do you use?

Everything starts with a crappy pure liquid ink pen of some kind. I love not having the freedom of endlessly redrawing a line…it kind of cuts out the bullshit. Once I'm happy with the sketch, I'll move straight into digitally working it up in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet. People keep telling me I should be using Illustrator, but quite frankly…it sucks.

What is your ideal work environment?

Definitely my drawing cave. It's just how I like it. Dimly lit, great acoustics for some loud music, comfy chair and desk set up, and plenty of snacks within arms reach at all times.

Where does your design inspiration come from? 

Other than the voices in my head, I'd have to say that's it's mainly from just talking about random crap with my friends. They're a strange bunch and I love them just the way they are. Other things naturally sneak into my brain from music, films and books etc. but usually just those seemingly random thoughts that have been bubbling away for a while.

Who is the person you admire most?

Cookie Monster.

© Colin Kersley