F'ART: Fun Art With Billy Clark
Written by: Violet Myers
One of the greatest things about living in a cultural metropolis like London is the swarms of creatives inhabiting every borough. You could carelessly drop a rock from a second story window and hit a classically trained dancer, flail manically in a crowd and roundhouse kick a graphic novelist or receive an ASBO from a police officer who also paints beautiful water colours.
Billy Clark is an illustrator, he lives in Crouch End and is one of those wonderful creatives brightening our city. He’s also a sure pick for your office Pictionary team. His work is colourful, fun and has been featured in campaigns, book covers and film posters.
You’ve worked with some huge brands and even designed book covers for some classic novels such as Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘The Rum Diaries’. Do you ever have to change your style to fit a brief?
“Yeah, it is sometimes the case that you have to reign it in a bit to meet a brief. It’s funny though, sometimes when I feel a certain illustration is a big departure from my ‘normal’ style, others can tell that it’s still my work – which is a good thing I guess.”
Which of your projects are you most proud of, or is that like choosing your favourite child?
“ That is difficult. I think the film poster for Pikadero is up there – it was an ambitious project and it took many late nights, but it was worth it.”
We love the image of the nude walking into the sun, whose lovely bottom is that modelled on?
“Haha it was actually developed from an old life drawing I did at art school. It’d be cool to track down the bloke who modelled for it though, I’d totally send him a print. ”
Some of your pieces are very cinematic, do you take inspiration from films?
“ I think I’m definitely inspired by movies, but I’m not a massive film buff. What I’m really interested in is the styling, so the likes of Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola are very inspiring. ”
Without thinking about it too much, right off the top of your head: what are you passionate about?
“ I’m genuinely passionate about making beautiful things, travel and food. ”
What part of North London do you normally inhabit?
“ Bit of a mixture really, I float around between Crouch End, Kings Cross and St. Albans, which is just outside of London.”
Where’s your main ‘go to’ hangout place in our corner of the city?
“ My favourite hang out has to be the Art House cinema in Crouch End .”
Explain your work in four words.
“ Colour, fun, pencil, paint .”
Now explain it in a haiku.
(Ed: That’s far too few syllables.)
Now explain it only using the titles of Jim Carrey films.
“Dumb Almighty .”
Talk me through your ideal working day.
“My ideal working day would consist of sitting in the studio with a cup of tea, listening to Future Islands, working on a great project, but relaxed enough to be able to take some GTA breaks every now and then. ”
Talk me through your ideal night out.
“A great night out would be at the Break Room 86. It’s an 80’s themed club I went to in Koreatown, LA which eclipses any night out I’ve ever had.”
The characters you draw are so lively! If you could bring one to life to hang out with in the pub with, who would it be?
“Erm, hard one. I’d say the shadow boxer. I could act like a complete idiot and he’d sort it all out. ”
If you weren’t an artist you would be a….
“A pretty useless person.”
To see more of Billy’s work click here
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