The guest of today’s hot house talk was Joe Prytherch. He is London based freelance designer, illustrator and animator. He worked for Mason London studio before becoming a full blown freelance illustrator. He also worked as an art director for online music platform Boiler Room.
That is some incredible work experience at such a young age.
He has started at the very early age. At the age of 4-5 his parents encouraged him to draw and as a teenager he got a computer for Christmas and taught himself how to use photoshop.
I believe that family support is very important as I know from my own experience that It took me years before I made a risky for me decision to go back to university and study arts. Also as a child my family couldn’t even afford to send me to art school or any drawing classes. Never mind buying a computer and Photoshop. I grew up believing that getting into art world is something not in my reach and opted for safer options. Some people take for granted the privileges and help they receive from their relatives but that is what can make your route in life clearer and a lot brighter.
Joe quickly found what he likes to do most and what he is best at. Something that some of us search for a long time. Following your interests is the best motivation to do your best. If you are trying to either copy someone’s else’s style or do things that sell best you may not be able to keep up with it. His style of work really appeals to me as it’s not very complex (not saying easy to create) and it has those bold colours that work well together making the image colourful but not overdone with colour. It kind of reminds me of pop art and American style poster designs. His work also reminds me of my brothers work as he would do a lot of music related drawings and now he designs characters for football video games.
I am very much aware of the hard work and sacrifices that are ahead of me if I want to get into the industry. Also the competition is enormous as there is already a lot of people out there that are well established and experienced. Still I am glad I am giving it a go but I definitely must step up the game. I am aware that I don’t do enough at the moment. I have found what I like to do best but need to gain more skills and broaden my drawing themes. Also definitely practice working digitally more. Whatever I have learnt so far I taught myself to do it as at the university we don’t have workshops to learn digital packages likes some schools do.
Joe’s advice for all of us:
- Find something you like
- Show people
Visit his website for more amazing work.