Artist Proof Interview with Artist: Wilmer Murillo
Global Location: Central America
AP Shop URL: http://www.zazzle.com/wilmermurillo
Wilmer Murillo is an illustrator and graphic artist from Honduras (Central America). In the earlier years he begun his illustration work as a digital painter, but his recent work has turned into a more spontaneous and dynamic style. He loves experimenting with fun characters, bright colors, doodled lines and rough textures, and also has a fascination with sci-fi creatures such as robots, cyborgs and monsters.
AP: How long have you been making art for and what lead you to start?
WM: I’ve been drawing and creating things since I can remember, but I jumped right into illustration from 2007 when I started discovering the work of some inspiring artists and illustrators and fell in love with the world of illustration.
AP: Where do you currently live and work ω And how does this influence your work?
WM: I currently live in Tegucigalpa city, Honduras (Central America). It’s a warm and nice place to live in. Friendly and happy people everywhere certainly keep my mood up and that helps me draw fun stuff.
AP: Did you have formal training if so whatω If your self taught can you tell us what you prefer about being a self taught artist vs having formal training?
WM: Not really, although I studied graphic design and learned many things at university, most of my illustration skills were developed by myself. I think formal training is very important, especially if you are the kind of person who prefers to learn directly from other people, but in my case, I love trial and error, I love learning, making mistakes, experimenting with things by myself, I think that’s the fun part of this all.
AP: Can you tell us about where you make your work is it in your house, a studio etc.. and how it effects your work.
WM: I work at home. I like working in pajamas, but, I’m planning to change it soon, I’ll possibly move to somewhere this year, but not sure yet.
AP: What are some of you favorite design projects/exhibitions you have worked on to date.
WM:Making the album art cover for one of my favorite bands, my first graphic book (that is going to be published in my city next week), and my first solo show last year.
AP: What is your medium of choice.
WM: Sharpies, Photoshop.
AP: What is the relationship between technique and content in your work.
WM: I think that the content of my work is a reflection of what I am: I’m a spontaneous and restless person, and I think my work is just like that, and consequently my technique is also related to it: doodled lines, textures, brilliant colors, etc.
AP: Who are some of the artists that have inspired you and or your work.
WM: Mike Perry, Jon Burgerman, Matt Lyon, Julia Pott, Alex Dukal, Muxxi, Tad Carpenter, Bjron Rune Lie and a lot more.
AP: In what direction would you like to see your work going over the next five years.
WM: I see my work ten times more diverse than now: experimenting with more and more new things, more shows, more murals, more media… and of course, that will require more coffee.
AP: What forth coming projects and or exhibitions do you have scheduled for 2011.
WM: I’m very excited to be invited to exhibit my work at Inkygoodness, a gallery in Bristol, UK, they are focused in character design art, that’s coming up in July. Then I’ll possibly have a solo show in my city in October.
AP: Take us on a guided tour through a day in your life as an artist.
WM: Well, I don’t have a specific routine, but I usually drink a lot of coffee, surf the web to consume a lot of art with my eyes, listen a lot of music and of course, I draw a lot. Some days I need to get my head out of my little world so I go out and take my moleskin to draw random things alone.
AP: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
WM: Thank you for appreciating my stuff.