Meet the Artist: Mark Conlan
Where’d it all start?
From being the kid that got art sets for every Christmas present, I naturally leaned toward studying art once I finished school. I initially wanted to be a fine artist but ended up studying Animation at University. After University I moved to London where I worked as a designer across web, UI, and branding but was always very conceptual and illustrative in my approach. So once moving to Melbourne, I thought it was now or never and I dived head first into becoming a full-time illustrator. I haven’t looked back since.
Favorite piece you’ve created and why?
I always say that I haven’t created my best piece yet. I like this approach, it means you are always willing as an artist to grow with your disciple and keep learning and developing every day. Keep an eye out for that favourite piece someday.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
I feel most inspired being beside the sea and nature, who doesn’t. It's the relaxing sounds, the colours, and the ambiance. We have recently just moved down near the sea and I have an awesome new studio space. Definitely, in the most inspiring space I have ever had to date, lets' hope I can be happy and keep creating here.
What advice do you wish you could give to your younger self?
To be patient, it will come to you. Work hard be kind and be patient and you most likely can’t miss a beat.
Favorite photographer or artistic inspiration?
There are so many amazing artists both old and contemporary I love but I think lately I get inspired by periods like ancient Greeks or art movements as a whole and the expression within them. This is fun, it keeps the inspiration pool broad and varied.
Favorite book, TV show, or movie from the past year?
My favourite tv show at the moment is The Boys, it's so raw and crazy that it constantly keeps me on edge while maintaining a plot and it is full of interesting characters :D
Last meal on earth? (food, setting, people, etc.)
Coddle. It's a Dublin Dish, I love it so much. It's like a warm hug, a therapy session, and a taste of home all in one.