This is so tempting we don't know how we can handle it. By ordering some french fries? Ok ok, no we won't make fun of today's artist's name as we love him almost as much as nuggets. While we were casually checking the Internet for.. mh.. stuff, we ended up on Ryan's website. And guess what? It was really cool! We contacted him, hoping he was interested by our proposal, and guess what? He was! Now we're friends with him, we send him emails and stuff and we're BFF and yes we're showing off a bit. Let's get to the point: Ryan MacDonald's interview!
-How old are you?
-23 in February.
-Where do you live?
-Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Right by the lake, the comic book store, and this bombing burrito place.
-What do you do for a living?
-I work as a freelance illustrator as well as displaying bodies of work at galleries and exhibitions. I also have a part time job at a print company. I’m more or less always surrounded by art all day.
-What's your story?
-I was born into a Scottish household, so my childhood was all hagus and tartan. I went to school at Sheridan College where I got my diploma in Visual Arts and started towards my Bachelor’s in Illustration. Halfway through my Bachelor’s Degree I decided to take a break from school and dip my feet in the freelance art world. So far I love it! But it does take a lot of conviction to make you do art everyday. It’s easy to get lazy about it but I made a promise to myself that if I were to take a break from formal schooling I would make it count and get some really good experience and learn on my own accord at the same time. I always try to set aside a few hours each day to just doodle, ink, or delve into something creative.
-What are your projects?
-I don’t have any projects on the go right now but I was working on a bunch of published work late last year. Since I work for a print company I’ve really found a passion for printed material. I enjoy doing designs and illustrations for publications and so far I’ve had a few pieces featured in illustration books as well as having a feature for another one. I am always trying to work on a better quality body of work for my portfolio site so I suppose in some way that is an on-going project of mine.
-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-My website (www.shoutymouths.com) is my professional portfolio website. It’s what I use to show potential clients or galleries. It’s also the best way to view most of my work in an aesthetically pleasing web space. My blog (ryan-macdonald.blogspot.com) I started when I was in school to document some of the projects I was doing. I’ve shifted the blog more towards my process work now. I enjoy sharing my process on my blog, it’s one of my favorite things to see on other artist’s blogs when I’m going through posts so I definitely wanted to make my blog largely about my own personal process.
-What inspires you?
-So many things inspire me; it would make such a long list! I love the storytelling aspect of comic books and graphic novels as well as their use of line. I am a big fan of street art and graffiti and I know I’ve definitely been inspired by what is going on in that world past and present. Music is a big inspiration for me. I am always listening to music when I’m working and I enjoy matching imagery in my head to what I am listening too. Some of my illustrations are derivative of certain albums I was listening to and broader ideas then develop from there. I look at a lot of artwork, and what other young and old talents are doing in the art world nowadays is always inspiring in many ways.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Any turn of phrase or subtle quip will get my laugh factory going. If it is dry, I’m a fan.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-I looked through dozens of them but this one really stood out to me and probably because I could relate to the silliness of it all. I also turned to my cat and asked him if I could call him princess. He looked back at me disapprovingly. I took it as a positive sign.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-When I was still in school I had a big final project due at the end of term. The night before I lost half the illustrations I did for it and I stayed up all night re-doing them. In the morning I was cutting down matt board to mount the pictures and in my sleep-deprived state I sliced right though my thumb, bleeding all over the illustrations. I had no choice but to hand in what looked like a homicide on paper. FML.
Oh Ryan you're so talented and funny and handsome marry us! And of course, many thanks for your comic!
Ryan's wonderfull website: http://www.shoutymouths.com/
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