We all love cool artwork. But a lot of the time, that's all you see, you don't know anything about the person behind it, what drives them, or how they've developed their craft. Today, we're getting to know Antillustration, aka Maddy.
Tell us a bit about you and your background.
I'm born and raised in Perth, started a double degree in fine art & textiles, shifted into photography, took a couple of years off to work in the UK, then came back and finished a double degree in Photography, Illustration, Graphic Design & Creative advertising.
Where did you develop your love of art?
I have an odd background in the arts in a broader sense; I volunteered backstage on theatre production in set design, played the cello and spent my teenage years recreating fashion items I couldn't afford myself. I think I've always just liked to make things.
Who/what has inspired your artistic style?
I'm into artists like Andy Warhol and David Bowie; just people who aren't / weren't afraid to challenge the norm and who weren't afraid to not be understood. Stylistically, I'm inspired by pop artists like Lichtenstein, and then a mashup of traditional comic book art, anime and aspects of naive art.
How do you work? Do you have a routine that you follow?
I queue up a day's worth of True Crime podcasts and work best when I'm left entirely alone with a couple of litres of Diet Coke or choccy milk.
what mediums do you work with?
I'm currently paying the bills working entirely in digital format, which means it's just me and my Wacom tablet.
What's your favourite artwork that you've created?
Honestly, it's whatever I'm working on at the time; improvement is a never-ending process.
What do you enjoy the most about being a creative?
I think above all I like how diverse my working day can be.
Aside from at Cheeky Raptor, where can people find your work?