We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet London, United Kingdom based illustrator Michael Parkin.
What are you working on at the moment? At the moment I have a map for GQ France, a make believe 'Ronaldo' land for B Inspired (Brussels Airline) and an album cover for a friend's band – so it's all systems go! They are all fun jobs though, so I am enjoying spending time on them!
What is your work process like? Do you approach client work differently than personal work? I find I do tend to approach client work differently to personal work. For client work I will usually research what I am illustrating as much as possible, collecting ideas as I go – which will then all get sketched up as roughs. Where as, with my personal work the ideas usually evolve over a longer period of time and I don't rely on roughs as much.
Before starting a personal piece there will usually be a pretty clear vision of how it will turnout in my mind (unless I am just doing it to play around with new techniques and mediums) and that is what I work towards. My client work tends to be a lot more versatile as I want to make something that suits their project and also they often have input on ideas, layout and design which are helpful.
Both ways of working then get put through my usual process of drawing, adding colour and texture and arranging in Photoshop.
Favorite work snack? I will happily snack on a lot of things - but I think my favourite has to be liquorice allsorts. I would usually say chicken goujons, but I am not sure they count as a snack?
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? A couple of months ago I finished a tongue-in-cheek mini-magazine about fishing, which was great fun to work on. I am thinking I will maybe start working on the next one of those – perhaps horse based? I am still not sure what theme to go with, all suggestions are welcome! I also want to do some mock up book covers as that is an area I would like to start working a bit more. On top of that there are a couple of ideas I have for short graphic stories, but I don't know when I will find time to put those together!
Follow Michael on Instagram and check out his portfolio at www.parkinparkin.com