Portfolio: Michael Arnold

Illustrator and Designer, Gloucestershire UK

Michael Arnold approaches his work in a very simplified way, illustrating complicated-looking things in styles drawing on Pop Art and infographics.

Where did you train, and what did you specialise in?

I’m completely self-taught.

What's your favourite tool?

I’m pretty fond of the power saw I use for cutting out wooden shapes, but I don’t get to use it that much.

What techniques to do you use most?

I often fill my illustrations with patterns to create 2D depth (if that makes sense), specifically polka dots and wavy lines.

What has your favourite piece you've created?

This would have to be the typographic work I created for a skateboard deck as part of my Bordo Bello show.

What kinds of materials do you work with?

I work almost completely digitally, though all my type is drawn by hand, so I guess paper.

What (if any) computer packages do you use?

Photoshop for composition and colours, and Inkscape for all illustrations.

Which clients have you worked for, and where have you exhibited your work?

I recently finished some illustrations for Fricote and Spindle magazines. My work has also been shown at the AIGA Bordo Bello show in Colorado and the Secret 7” exhibition in London.

What inspires you?

People and brands help me come up with ideas. 

Favourite websites / blogs?

It’s Nice That and The Fox Is Black are two sites I visit, but I don’t actually read many blogs any more. If you’d asked me this two years ago I would have had a huge list.

A promotional publication Micahel worked on to showcase ideas and work. It was designed, illustrated and written by him, with one article written by a friend.

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Self-initiated piece working with patterns to create a series of menswear illustrations

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Portrait of Louis Armstrong

Set of Christmas cards Michael is thinking of getting printed for 2013

Michael says that a goal of mine was to design a skateboard deck. He was finally given the opportunity to with Bordo Bello, with the end result sold for charity at the Redline Gallery in Boulder, Colorado.

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