Michael Crampton is the extremely talented artist behind the 'George Meets Jan' design. I found Michael through Behance.net while looking for illustrators who had unique style and Crampton was exactly who I was looking for. He's designed book covers, movie posters, and major ads for brands including Adobe itself. Read on below to get to know what inspires the influential and inspiring Michael Crampton.
Tell us about how you got started as an artist/illustrator.
I have always drawn. When I was 4 years old I would draw cars and trucks on the pages of my dad’s books and magazines. As a teen I would marvel at the beautifully illustrated movie posters at the cinema that were used in Britain in the 70’s, and wanted to do that for a job.
What about graphic design first interested you?
Since as a schoolboy, I collected posters, packaging and playing cards. I loved looking at the pictures and how the type interacted with the visual background.
What are your favorite types of projects?
Illustrations that evoke vintage travel posters with lettering and include cars are my favourite subjects.
Do you ever face creative slumps? How do you get over those? Where do you go for inspiration?
Many times. For inspiration I always go back in time to research posters from the 40’s and 50’s but more recently the 60’s and 70’s.
Any movies or books that have inspired you?
Mostly movies. Amélie and Hugo were spectacularly visually beautifully made and inspiring films.
Any advice for those in the A.M. CLUB?
Draw/paint/design what really moves you, that excites you, not what would be the most practical.
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