William Woods : The Daily Illustrator
William Woods is a Belfast based illustrator and designer who I met through the NI Illustration meetup a couple months back. Since then we've crossed paths a couple more times and I got him to do a stint of live drawing at Illustrate. He is today's Daily Illustrator. Read on for his interview and click through to check out some more of his work below.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START ILLUSTRATING AND KNOW WAS IT SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO AS A PROFESSION?
I've been drawing as long as I can remember.The idea of doing as a profession was a more organic progression. I've always drawn because I enjoy it. I drew stuff for bands I've been in and friends bands and I've gotten other commissions off of that. Musicians and promotors are where most of my commissions come from though. I've recently graduated and I figure it's time to try and do as much I can. I do a lot of design and photography work as well. I'm very happy working in all those fields soguess I'm taking a bit of a 'thow shit at the wall and see what sticks' approach at the minute.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I've never really thought about it. Usually I'll see something that gives me some sort of emotional or visual interest and think “I'd really like to draw that” and either I do or a commission comes along and one of those ideas will pop back into my head from wherever it goes when I'm not thinking about it.
HOW DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS?
I look in that part of my head and see if anything stayed there. Otherwise I'll go for a walk and try and get something else to go in there.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
I like using brush and ink, or brush markers. I use fineliners for finer details on some things. I usually work in black and white and if I need to add colour for something I usually do it digitally in photoshop or illustrator.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
Right now I'm doing some work for an independent clothing company in Belfast called HOODS. It's a company ran by skateboarders who don't take themselves too seriously, which, for me, makes drawing stuff for them very enjoyable.
CURRENT PLAYLIST AS YOU WORK?
I can't stop listening to the new PUP, Crybaby and Pears albums. Rush by Belfast band Apartments and Learn to be Human by Oranutan from Dublin are probably the two Irish bands I've listening to most lately. The new Muncie Girls album has been doing the rounds in my ears a lot too.
ARE THERE ANY ILLUSTRATORS THAT YOU ARE A FAN OF THAT DESERVE SOME EXPOSURE?
I'm a big fan of Jamie Morrison's work. I love the way he treats type and colour, and you can pretty much tell a record's gonna be good if his work is on the front of it. Mykie Rowan who plays drums for Belfast band, Empty Lungs draws a lot of their record covers and shirt designs and they're all great. Jason Lubrano of Righteous Indignation, WOLFMASK, Pogger and Dan Allen are all illustrators I've found through music that I really enjoy. I'm a big fan of Belfast Illustrators Fiona McDonnell, Conor McClure and Jacky Sheridan. Jacky's my flatmate and she does a pretty good job of getting me to stop procrastinating and start doing things.