We’re obsessed with the wonderful world of illustrator/skater/dude Kyle Platts. His attention to detail and satirical sense of humour has us hooked. Kyle has created work for a number of publications, including Vice, Computer Arts, The New York Times & District MTV, and he has recently published his second book with Nobrow, Festival Frenzy. Felix and Florrie had a catch up with Kyle to find out more….
I was a total mosher when I was a teenager and creative inspiration came from skateboard graphics, cartoons and record covers (CD covers). The back pages of my exercise books in school were populated by drawings of logos like Toymachine, DC, Zero, Death and Heroin. Oh and the Limp Bizkit artwork got heavily plagiarized by me too, I drew a lot of flexy fit baseball caps on cartoon characters. Guns too, I passed the time in particularly boring lessons like maths by drawing all kinds of guns, adding attachments for extra satisfaction. An M16 for example with a torch, laser sight, scope, grenade launcher and flame thrower attachment.
how did you find studying illustration at Camberwell?
Give us the shizzle on your illustrations for District MTV…
Totally, I feel so lucky to have been given that opportunity at such an early stage, they really took a chance on me, they must have been insane haha. In the beginning I would just share my comics with friends, so it was extremely gratifying to have those published and appreciated by a whole bunch of strangers who are not obligated to like them.
I’m doing it right now! Its crazy, I still can’t believe this is what I’m doing for a living and I’m somehow getting away with it. What would make it better would be if I had loads of money to make really elaborate artworks. If I ever do start to make more money then it will go straight back into the art. I hope someday to make huge paintings and sculptures, and to experiment with ridiculous mediums. Failing that, the job I had in the petrol station back in Sheffield was pretty good.
The process is mostly about doodling in sketchbooks. But also just making notes of ideas throughout the day, a lot of the time good ideas will come while I’m on the bus or in the queue at Greggs.
How do you chill when you’re not working? Fave hangouts?
Its just a case of staying busy, the more people perceive you to be busy the more they want you commission you. Keep working all the time!
Plans for 2014?
Welcome to my crib – whose artwork is on your wall at home?
Yes welcome to my crib, come in. I have some lovely prints and originals by the likes of Jack Teagle, Paul Waak, Thomas Slater, Sam Taylor, Jay Wright, Joe Prince, Matt Bromley, Dilraj Mann, Malarky, Lucas Dillon and Jim Stoten.
MORE OF KYLE’S WORK HERE!
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