Who are you and what do you do?
Matt Hollings, illustrator, artist.
How are you?
Alright, finally got some bright, blue skies here in Manchester so I’m itching to leave my desk and venture outside.
Tell us about your work
I’ve been working as an illustrator for near enough 10 years now, having studied Graphic Design at Camberwell Collage of Arts in London. Most of my work is done for the editorial and publishing sector, magazines mainly. I have a weekly slot with ‘The Big Issue’ and monthly slots with ‘Q’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Intelligent Life’ magazines. I get commissioned a lot for portraiture work.
Do you express yourself through creativity?
Yes, even if it’s not always a considered thing. Every drawing I produce is hand-rendered, so elements of my character are instilled into every piece of work. In every day life I have a tendency to focus in on detail, sometimes more so than the whole, and this is something that is definitely translated through my work. With personal work, I try to directly express my thoughts and opinions on matters that are pressing me at the time, which is something that can be hard to do with commercial work, particularly if it is being heavily art-directed.
What was the last thing you created?
Slow roasted thyme and lemon chicken last night.
What are you reading/watching/listening to at the moment?
I’m reading the Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hamett. I also have the DVD sitting in a sideboard at my flat but am trying not to be tempted to watch it until I’ve finished the book. I don’t really watch a lot of TV though keep up to date on political debate – Question Time, This Week, that sort of thing. Music wise, I’m listening to a lot of 70s, West Coast of America rock’n’roll – bands like Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
Wish I could say it’s down to the beautiful dawn-chorus of birds outside my window, but unfortunately it’s more the repetitive drone of commuter traffic, coming up from the busy main road on which I live.