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Q&A with Drew Millward

Artist, old fashioned illustrator

I'm Drew. I draw pictures. Some of those pictures become other things. I guess I work in the real of print, illustration, commercial and applied art.

What inspired you to become an illustrator?

There was never a definite path, it's simply been a gradual journey over the past ten years. I started out making posters and flyers for gigs some friends and I were booking. As time went on, people saw my work and asked me to do other things. The early work was absolutely awful, but since so few people were working in that particular niche, at the time, I suppose there was a bit of a novelty factor about it. I'd like to think that I've improved over the years, and hopefully i will improve even more. I like to try new things and push things in different directions. I think that's important. It's keeps things fun. Never underestimate the power of having fun.

© Drew Millward

What design software do you use?

Paper, pencils, rulers, photoshop. About two years ago I switched to a much more digital set up, but working on a Wacom Cintiq, means that the leap from pens and ink, to creating things digitally was pretty seamless. It didn't really alter my actual process at all. In stead of ink, it's pixels, but the physical act of drawing is unchanged.

What is your ideal work environment?

At home, in my office. Ideally with terrible weather outside. That helps.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Everywhere. The more I move on, the more i realise that everything that you see impacts on the work you make. I try to avoid looking at other contemporary illustrators as much as possible, as it's easy to see things and gravitate towards them in your own work. It's important to have a broad range of influences, so as to keep what you are doing fresh.

Who is the person you admire most?

Bob Mould.