Artist Interview: David Whittle

I am completely enamoured by the retro yet modern images of UK illustrator David Whittle. I was excited to learn that his images were being added to ImageZoo’s collection.

I had the chance to ask David a few questions about his artwork and what inspires him. Read on to find out.

image copyright © David Whittle

Who and/or what inspires you to create?
I get inspiration from all over the place. I love 1950′s animation and illustration, so have loads of books about that which usually spark ideas. I also get inspiration from films and music, basically anything interesting I happen to come across!

When did you know you wanted to become an artist?
I have always drawn pictures and designed things since I can remember. I don’t think I was ever going to do anything else to be honest.

image copyright © David Whittle

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on a couple of TV show title sequences and some animation/graphics for a short film. Oh, and a kids picture book.

How would you describe your sense of artistic style?
I would describe it as stylised, fun, graphic nonsense.

image copyright © David Whittle

What has been your favorite illustration job so far?
I worked on a commercial in the US a couple of years ago for Honda Acura.We painted a giant animated Mural frame by frame on a massive 40 ft wall in the Sony studios in LA. That was pretty crazy, but great fun.

You’re a man of many talents being that you are also an animator and designer too. Out of illustration, animation, and design, do you prefer one over the other?

If I had to choose, I would pick illustration. I love how direct the process is, from doodling a rough, to working up the final artwork. You have a lot of control over the whole process, and can transfer something you see in your head directly onto the paper.

image copyright © David Whittle

What do you do when you’re not creating art?
I love hanging out by the sea with my girlfriend and surfing, a bit of martial arts, and tinkering with cheap 80′s sports cars.

Thanks David for taking the time to answer these questions. To view more of David’s Work, click here.

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