FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with London Artist, Guy Warley

Guy Warley

Illustrator | 41 | London

@guywarley | www.guywarley.com
We are honored to have, Guy Warley, as our Featured Artist, he is an incredible artist that creates stunning illustrations that we instantly fell in love with, make sure to check all his work out on his wall and while your there make sure to hit that follow button to help support a fellow artist of our community!


How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
I have been a graphic designer for around 18 years and have always incorporated illustration into my work. I have only been doing illustration in this style for about a year and a half.

My specialty is probably drawing intricate sci-fi landscapes, architecture and technology. My inspiration comes from the hundreds of sci-fi and fantasy books I’ve read but also places I’ve visited. You can clearly see I have been to Italy a couple of times recently.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
My day job is a freelance graphic designer mainly working in advertising and branding. I do enjoy the job but I would like to apply my skills to something more interesting to me, like films or video games.

Do you have a favorite Artist?
I really like landscape painters like Francis Towne who painted great watercolours of the ruins of Rome. I also love the work of Nicolas Bouvier (Sparth) who paints amazing sci-fi images.


What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
I think it would be winning the Barbican image competition for the Into the Unknown exhibition. It was the first image I had done in this style and its spurred me on to do more.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In five years I’d like to be doing a lot more illustration work and taking commissions and briefs for illustrations. After that who knows.


If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
The writer Iain Banks who is my favourite author. He died in 2013.

How is one way you make money with your art?
I have started to do commissioned work for small independent projects as well as selling prints through ellipress.co.uk.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
It would be Japan. I love so much about it but have not gotten round to going yet.


What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
I do most of my work in Photoshop but still use pencils and pens for sketching.
I prefer to use a mechanical pencil and Copic multiliners and markers.

Any advice for young artists?
I think the main think I learnt was to create things from subjects that interests you. I’ve always been obsessed with sci-fi so drawing them becomes more of a pleasure.


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