I’m 35, from a small town called Deri in South Wales and currently working full time, but I love to do art as a hobby and a way of relaxing. I’ve always drawn since I was little and had a keen interest in developing my craft and honing my skills. My passion is to draw things from Pop Culture, Film, Cartoons and Comics and I’ve always wanted to work within the industry.
I got started when I was very young just recreating Characters I loved to watch on TV and British Programs like Art Attack and Hartbeat always inspired me to do better. As I took my GCSE and A-Level in art, I was always looking to learn more and get tips from various illustration books from my local Library. Now I’m part of an Art collective called @artistsassemble on Instagram where myself (@mikeyink80) and 9 other skilled artists learn from each other’s work and give each other support.
I’m currently showcasing all my work on Instagram and I’ve only been on there for around 6 months, but I’m really fortunate to have gained (currently) 6,000 followers already. I love to work in colour and my main materials are Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromo coloured pencils on Strathmore toned paper. I think it gives a smooth coverage and a strong vibrant look to the colour.
Since joining Instagram I’ve been approached for several commissions and prints of my work, which I currently sell on my online Etsy store: mikeyink80art.etsy.com
I will also be selling my work from a stall at next year’s (March) Comicon event in Cardiff.
I often get messages on Instagram from young aspiring artists asking for advice on how to start and I always say the same thing. This isn’t something that just happens overnight. If you’ve got the talent to do it then it will take a while to develop that talent. Take the time to experiment with different styles and materials and find what feels comfortable for you and that it’s something you enjoy. Art is something that you constantly learn from, so do your research and look at other Artists work and techniques. You will make mistakes, but the trick is not to get disheartened by it, but learn from it. My only other advice is to get your work onto as many social media sites as you can to get the greatest exposure.