We are excited to announce our new interview series here at the Treehouse, where you will get to hear from some extremely talented local and international artist talk about their craft and how they got to where they are now.
To start things off we have Treehouse Drawing founder and tutor, Matt Haworth to talk about this illustration work and how he got started in the industry.
Q) Can you remember what wanted to do when you grew up?
Matt) apparently the first job I ever expressed any interest in was a ‘story book writer, so I guess I’m finally getting there!
Q) What did you like to draw as a kid?
Matt) I drew anything I could; when I was really young I was obsessed with Pirates and so set out to draw the perfect Pirate ship. I also got into painted in watercolours remarkably young, and would paint backgrounds and copies of classic paintings on old cardboard as well.
Q) What sort of books or movies or games inspired you as a young artist?
Matt) The Chronicles of Narnia books where the first series I really devoured, and re-read those all though my life. As far as movies I loved anything animated, and all things Spielberg related, like The Goonies, Indiana Jones, Poltergeist, Hook and Gremlins where all on constant repeat.
Q) Where do you get to use your drawing skills now?
Matt) Apart from teaching kids, I do freelancing illustration, as well as personal projects and life drawing. Freelancing work means I don’t work full time at one studio or company or another, I come in and do work I need and the move on to the next, so I love the variety! For personal art I love drawing characters and making stories which I make into books to sell at events.
Q) How do you typically start a piece of art? What inspires you?
Matt)If I don’t have a brief from a client, I’ll usually start with an idea or a story I want to bring into the world. This could be a simple character, or a full comic book, but the feeling or the story is always the first thing to come.
Q) What words of advice would you give to young artists starting out?
Matt) Just keep drawing! It really is as simple as that, if you just keep doing it you WILL get better, it’s just a matter of time, and we all take different paths to get there. Just keep moving forward, and remember to have fun!
Q) What words of advice would you give to the PARENTS of young artists?
Matt) Encouragement, just keep giving them support, that’s what parents do best anyway, so it couldn’t be easier. Also let me draw what they want, even if it seems silly to you, as long as they are drawing they will improve. Art of any sort is such a treasure, a lot of adults got the love for it killed years ago by a mean art teaching, or just the feeling they weren’t good enough. But fostering that love of art is so important and can be such a gift throughout life. Its natural for kids to create, so just let them do it, and cheer them on the whole way.
Q) Where can we see your work?