INTERVIEW WITH JOSE MIGUEL MENDEZ

Recently we had the great pleasure of catching up with the talented illustrator and graphic designer Jose Miguel Mendez, to talk about life in the UK, future aspirations and his most recent projects.

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Originally a "creative person from Spain", Jose is now based in London where he predominantly works freelance across a range of disciplines such as illustration, typography, lettering, painting and his most recent endeavour, animation.   

Having recently graduated from the London College of Communication in 2012, Jose has already built up a sturdy portfolio of work with clients including Wesc, as well as features in sources such as Creative Review, Building a Wolf and Absolut Network.

To say that he is talented is an understatement at best. You only have to watch his first ever stop-motion animation entitled 'Play With Type' to realise this. His latest effort, a short film called 'Weird Dreams' further demonstrates his knack for animation. Take a look and you'll see what we mean.  

Weird Dreams

"I FIND DRUNK PEOPLE ACTING REALLY FUNNY AND MANY TIMES THEY GIVE ME A SORT OF INSPIRATION."

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"IN LONDON THERE IS A HIGH CONDENSED CORE OF CREATIVITY. YOU CAN MEET INTERESTING ARTISTS JUST WALKING IN THE STREETS OR HAVING A PINT IN THE PUB."

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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST? 

After I graduated in Graphic Design, I worked in a studio as a graphic designer and I realised I had more fun drawing illustrations rather than laying out booklets or websites.

WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT INSPIRE OR INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?

I find drunk people acting really funny and many times they give me a sort of inspiration. I love talking with people you can meet in the streets of London, they have really peculiar backgrounds and stories to tell! Catching particular things with my camera is another big passion I have together with movies, zines, skateboarding and of course a nice glass of tinto de verano!

HAVE YOU FOUND THAT THOSE INFLUENCES HAVE CHANGED OVER TIME?

Possibly yes but the tinto de verano remain being one of those.

WHO IS AN ARTIST YOU WOULD LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH (DEAD OR ALIVE) AND WHY?

Jean Michel Basquiat could be a cool dude to collaborate with, I started doing some graffiti when I was a teenager so, in a way, we share the same roots.

COMING FROM SPAIN, HOW DO YOU NOW FIND LIVING IN LONDON? 

Living in London is just amazing, Dalston in particular is so inspiring. When the summer comes you can have really nice walks along the Regent Canal, and also is pretty easy to face a wide bunch of strange characters. 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU MISS FROM BACK HOME?

One thing I cannot change is the weather, I must admit I miss sunny days and I would be happy to have them back. Concerning to me, watching football has always been a reason to chill out with my mates and drink some cañas with tapas, although as a habit I continue feeding also here in England!

HAVE YOU FOUND ANY NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCES IN THE ART SCENE?

The art scene is so much different. In Spain I know a lot of talented guys but maybe it is missing an effective network to put them all together. In London instead there is a high condensed core of creativity, especially in East London; therefore you can meet interesting artists just walking in street or having a pint in a pub.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF MUSIC?

Mmmm this is a tough question, normally I listen to a lot of music when I am drawing so I can tell my favourite kind is the one that escapes me from reality.

WHAT WAS THE LAST GOOD MOVIE YOU SAW?

Django Unchained.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?

I would like to improve my illustrations and dig more into the animation field. In ten years I would love to see my works travelling around the world and maybe start my own studio. Next for me is what comes after now!! Nowadays I am trying to make my art a full time job, and I am getting closer day by day!

AND FINALLY, DALI OR WARHOL?

If I would spend a midnight in Paris I will definitely go for an absenth with Dali.

 

Welcome to the whimsical cartoon world of Tane Williams

A few weeks ago we happened to stumble upon the incredible talents of London based illustrator and artist Tane Williams - and thank God we did! After a few short chats it becomes immediately clear that Tane is an extremely humble guy, casually describing himself as "an illustrator, sometimes a designer, and generally just a weirdo from New Zealand who now lives and works (tries to) in London."

In reality, Tane has worked (successfully we might add) with a range of high-end clients including Saatchi & Saatchi, Flying Nun Records, Shine, Droga5 and a heap of magazines such as Corker, Nylon, Metro and Idealog (to name but a few).

As is evident in his work, Tane's creative style draws on influences from comics, animation and a healthy love for The Simpsons (see how many characters you can spot in this post alone).

"I draw squiggly cartoonish drawings, squeezed through by brain, soaked in all my various obsessions and interests."

"I mix 60's psychedelia, The Simpsons, european comics, weird Cronenberg and Carpenter films, trash from the internet, and mundane shit from real life to create images for my own selfish and perverted pleasure."

"In New Zealand I collect cacti."

Be sure to check out OPEN Studio, where Tane currently resides. The shared studio is home to a whole range of freelance creatives, or as tane puts it, "a magic space in East London with a whole bunch of wizards", very talented wizards we thinks.  

tane williams  /  blog  /  twitter  /  O-P-E-N Studio


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