ARTIST OF THE WEEK: INKHEARTJune 10, 2015
Fall down the rabbit hole to illustrator, Felix Green’s own brand of Wonderland. From roaring bears and sharp-eyed eagles, to fierce women crowned in garlands of flowers and skulls, we’ve fallen head over heels for the intense, moody illustrations whipped up by Felix, aka Inkheart.
We caught up with Felix to find out more.
First things first, how did you get into illustration?
I’ve always been into drawing. I think it started when my dad bought me a stack of old Spider-Man comics from a car boot sale. I used to sit and copy from the pages for hours. After failing art at school, and being strongly advised not to pursue a career in art, I thought ‘oh well I think I’ll give it a shot anyway.’ It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties when I broke my leg and couldn’t work for a year that I really got to concentrate on my art and gain the confidence to pursue art as a means of paying the bills.
What ideas or concepts do you try to convey in your work?
I have tried my best over the last few years to be a lot more open to influences. I have been very rigid with my style in the past, especially in terms of where I’ve been willing to take ideas from. I don’t really have ideas based around a concept as such; I find that an idea just crops up. I love the ornate detail in jewellery and decoration from other cultures. For example, it could be after creeping around some museums for an afternoon, or seeing particular details on an old cathedral that inspires me. The intricacies in old masks and carvings usually get me thinking.
A lot of your designs play with symmetry. What is it that draws you to symmetrical illustration and why?
I read that there is beauty in symmetry. It’s not necessarily my opinion, but I do find symmetry relaxing. I like the simplicity of symmetry, how the overall first impression of a symmetrical illustration is easy to take in…then you have to look at the detail more closely to find the concept.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
At the moment I’m listening to a lot of psychedelic music, and I love the art that goes with it. There’s a freedom in the music and the art, and that’s inspiring my latest pieces.
Your illustrations lend themselves well to tattoo design. Is this an avenue you’ve considered?
I get asked about tattoos a lot! I have designed a number of tattoos, and a couple of my friends have had my designs inked. It’s something I’d like to do more of, but I guess without having the ability to tattoo it’s tricky to get into!
How do you think illustration will change in ten years time? Is there any piece of tech you’d love to help you with your work?
There will probably be more computer generated work in ten years time, and the traditional methods will be more of a rarity. I hope not, although I am really fascinated to see the ways in which 3D printing can be used. I have seen 3D printed ices cubes of the Taj Mahal. I am pretty eager to get my hands on some of them! I’m so intimidated by illustration technology, being more than a few years behind with tablets and illustrator… I stick to drawing by hand, and I think I always will. To be honest, my favourite thing about illustration is that you don’t need anything more than pen and paper.
For more from Inkheart, visit www.inkheart.co.uk