q) What is your name and what do you do?
a)My names Joel millerchip and I’m a illustrator that specialises in black and white character illustration.
q)When did you really get into art?
a)5th april 1984 at 11.47, I was given two crayons and a back of a kellogs cornflake box. This is a fact!!
q)How did you come to the realization that you should try your luck at art on a more serious level?
a)Well, after I left school I found my self bouncing from one depressing job to another with no direction or passion or challange , so I decided to go back to college and do something I loved, so studied fine art and found a vocation in illustration, I always loved the work of people like Andrew rae, Dave Kinsey & sir Peter Blake and I guessed there careers sort or spured me on through uni.
q)How did you discover the particular style that you have?
a)Lots of trial and error, I always wanted to have my own style that was distictive, so I kept doodeling away and keep an eye out on what is contemory in illustration.
q)How would you describe your style?
a)Fun-der-ful dark line drawings of social misfits that appear in everyday life.
q)Who or what influences your art?
a)I love just sitting back,relaxing and watching the world go bye, so when I can, I find a coffee shop, get myself a an earl grey and watch people go by, I try to capture characters and scenes in my sketch book and then try to put them in to briefs and visual situations to produce my work.
q)How often do you create a new piece?
a)I try to draw every day and try to produce final pieces once a week.
q)What kind of success have you had with your art?
a)I have had work in three shows and had a few commissions, I’m currently working with a group of illustrators called lielow and sketch to produce a show and a publication which is all going to plan so far(watch this space).
q)What would be the ultimate goal for you and your art?
a)The only goal I have is to take on new challanges may it be through editorial briefs , toy designs, or murals. every brief has a challange, and I would like them to get bigger and harder.
I love a challange me
q)What do you see as an accomplishment in the way of art?
a)Praise/approval from the people you have produced the work for or other creatives in your field. If some one really like the illustration you have produced you get a real buzz.
q)What kind of message, if any, do you try to convey through your art?
a)I never try to complicate my work, so what you see is what you get.
q)Sum up your art in one word.
q)Any additional comments?
a)I’m always up for collaboration work, exhibitions or live painting so if any one is interested please get in contact.....& thank you for the interview Claudio your work is great:)