We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram.We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday.Please meet Belfast, Northern Ireland based illustrator and art director DavidMcMillan.
Whatare you working on at the moment?I’m currently just finishing up some magazine commissions, but around all ofthose I have been working with my studio buddies and illustration agency, UsFolk, to put together severalillustration events for a big festival here in the Belfast called ‘CultureNight’. We had an exhibition of risographs, some kids drawing workshops and didsome live drawing, screen printing and illustrated portraits. It was a lot ofwork but incredibly fun. I also painted a mural on our studio wall as part ofthe launch of the event. I’d never done something on that scale before so Ireally wanted to give myself that challenge, in amongst all the other work.
What is your work process like? I always find personal work at littleharder to do. I always need deadlines to get things done so when I’m approachedby editorial clients I always like having to do it in a set, short amount oftime. You can’t overwork the idea or image too much, and I have always ended upenjoying the final illustration a lot more because of it. When I do personalwork I can stay in my sketchbooks for weeks redrawing ideas, but the clientwork does inform how and what I want to make when I get back to personal stuff.
Favorite work snack? I’m a sucker for almond treats. When I worked fromthe studio in Bristol there was a local bakery on the corner of the street thatsold amazing almond croissants, which went well with my morning coffee. Then inBerlin I had a routine for leaving the house around 11am to get shopping forthe next few days and picking up a custard filled almond pastry. Now I’m backin Belfast I’m back on the almond croissants, sadly there isn’t proper european-stylepatisseries here where I can get a good fix.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? I sadlyhaven’t been able to focus enough of my time on personal work the past month orso, but I do have a lot of ideas floating around sketchbooks I need to finish.Now that Culture Night is over I have a risograph book I’ve been wanting tomake for a long, long time. Past Drip for Drip collaborator, Bratislav Milenkovic and myselfstarted a drawing project after meeting in Berlin, that I really need to focusmore time on. I really admire his work and so now I have more time I need toget back to him with some drawings. That will be fun to see where it can go.
Follow David on Instagramand check out his portfolio at www.davidjmcmillan.co.uk