For years, Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net has been about just two things – great art and the artists who create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these amazing artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Web.” In this column, we focus on one artist and the amazing art they create, whether they’re amateurs, up-and-comers, or well-established. The goal is to discover these artists so that even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences and more. If you are an amazing artist or know someone who should be featured, feel free to contact me anytime [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the amazing art…
Andrew Swainson is an illustrator and graphic designer based in the UK. After spending most of his professional life in the music industry, he turned his hand to illustration as a hobby in 2012. He has become a full-time illustrator and is a member of the California agency, Poster Posse, with whom he has produced official artwork for Disney , Sony, Warner Bros, Coca-Cola, 20th Century Fox and Netflix for films such as The Book of Boba Fett, Toy Story 4, Alien, Justice League, Kong: Skull Island and Big Hero Seks. He has also produced limited edition art prints for Vice Press, Bottleneck Gallery and Sideshow for films such as Jaws, Halloween and the Universal Monsters series.
JOBLO: What got you started as an artist?
ANDREW: I always drew as a child. All the way through school it was pretty much all I was interested in, but I had no idea what I could do with it in terms of a career. It was when I started getting into music in my late teens that I started to realize that there was potentially something I could do with my life, creating artwork for the music industry, although I was more drawn to graphic design than illustration. But after doing that for more than 20 years, I fell into the world of alternative movie posters and started collecting. It wasn’t long after that that I thought I could probably try to do this sort of thing myself. A decade later illustration is almost all I do now.
Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
In terms of pop culture, I think my first exposure to artists and recognition of their styles was people like Brian Bolland and Massimo Bellardinelli and their work in the 2000AD comic. Also Tom Chantrell’s movie poster and book jacket work was a big influence – I had several pieces of his work in my life for a long time and it wasn’t until much later that I realized they were all by the same artist. Later it was people like Peter Saville and especially Vaughan Oliver whose work gave me a greater understanding of how image and typography can work together. When I found the world of alt movie posters, it was the work of Ken Taylor that really caught my attention first.
Who are you really digging these days follow on Instagram?
I follow a few people but I have to pay tribute Poster Posse colleagues… mentioning no one in particular so as not to leave anyone out. Suffice it to say that I am incredibly lucky to have fallen in with such a talented and supportive group of people. You can make them all up Poster Posse website.
In addition to PP, I also follow Jemma Klein, garydad, Hannah Gillingham, Nada Maktari – they all do a good job. Also people like Matt Ferguson and Murugiah… that’s another long list.
What advice would you have for budding artists today?
I’m not sure I’m the right person to give advice beyond just doing what you feel works for you and makes you happy. Personally, I don’t think you can overstate the importance of pure luck in any career, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean you can sit back and wait for things to come to you. Don’t be shy about reaching out to people. The best decision I’ve made in my illustration career was emailing Poster Posse to see how I could get involved. That one email changed my life and turned what was a hobby into a career.
What should we look for from you in the future?
Well, you never really know what will come in from day to day, but I have several ongoing print projects with me Vice press which will hopefully be completed and published next year.
As a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
That’s a big question. I like a lot of movies, but I guess most people do. The obvious choices are things like Jaws, Star Wars, etc., but I love a “good” horror movie, whether it’s something like the Universal Monster movies of the 30s, the Hammer movies of the 50s and 60s, Japanese films like Onibaba or more modern films like The VVitch and Midsommar (if you can actually classify it as horror). I usually pick The Big Lebowski as my favorite movie, but it could easily be Monty Python and the Holy Grail… depends on the day.
TV wise I love British Comedy so some of my favorites are Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, Dad’s Army, Father Ted, The Young Ones, The Day Today, Nighty Night, Vic Reeves Big Night Out and Toast of London. Andor just finished on Disney+ and I thought it was amazing. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul were both great. There are far too many to mention!
Scroll down to see some of our favorite artworks from Andrew as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Behance / Store / Vice press
The Big Lebowski
Guardians of the Galaxy
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Killer Klowns from outer space
King: Skull Island
The Maltese Falcon
Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Withnail and I