Instagram: @ben_boothman
Website: www.benboothman.co.uk

 

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I was raised in a fairly rural area of Lancashire (UK) before moving to the city of Leeds to study graphic design. I continued to live in Leeds after graduating, working as a graphic designer both in-house and freelance. While illustration was always hobby for me, it was where my real passion lied and so I made the decision earlier this year to focus on working as an illustrator full-time.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My work is pretty neat as Iโ€™m obsessed with objects having a purpose and place. I also love bright colours and try to inject humour into a lot of my work. I see it as a sort of organised chaos.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

You canโ€™t beat the simplicity of a pencil and sketchbook. To me it just feels like ultimate freedom and fluidity.

4. What is your artistic process like?

My artistic process is pretty straightforward. I form a pretty basic idea of what I want to make in my head, before sketching it out in pencil. I then take my sketch to Illustrator and re-draw everything using geometric shapes and fun colours. My 3D work is much the same, except I spend a shorter amount of time on the sketch and use different software.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

People are a central theme to a lot of my work as I love to draw and experiment with the human form. I suppose I take a lot of inspiration from video games too, particularly as I like to create characters that have personality and feel like a protagonist in their own story. Recently Iโ€™ve attempted to observe whatโ€™s around me more and think โ€œhow can I interpret this into my work?โ€ which has helped my to push the concepts behind what I make.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I definitely prefer being a creator of art rather than a consumer, of course you can be both but Iโ€™m not great at the latter. For me, creating helps a lot with identity, the more I make, the more I know myself and what Iโ€™m capable of.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied graphic design at what is now Leeds Beckett University. I had such a fun time on the course and met some great people. The city itself also has a great DIY art scene and is a great place to be a practicing artist.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully doing much the same as I am now, but better! Iโ€™d like to be in a position where I utilise my skills in 3D design more as it really feels like the future. Iโ€™ve facilitated workshops and community based stuff before, so maybe more of that?

9. What about in ten?

Oh wow…maybe by then iโ€™ll be a functioning adult.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

Iโ€™d want to evoke emotion with my work – all good art is able to do that, whether it be happy, sad or something else.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

I have a pretty big appetite and generally eat anything deemed suitable for human consumption. I think the food that excites me the most is sushi, itโ€™s so aesthetically pleasing and just tastes fresh. Condiments are also firm favourite of mine; mayo with everything.

12. Favourite book?

I often get angry at myself that I donโ€™t read as much as I should. My favourite book is probably Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Itโ€™s quite a dense read at times, but it blew my mind and really changed my understanding of human behaviour.

13. Favourite genre of music?

I think thatโ€™s a really difficult question to answer as music is so diverse and fragmented now. I have a genuine passion from Grime music though, itโ€™s very unapologetic and feels like my generations punk.

14. What are your hobbies?

Itโ€™s not really hobby as such, but Iโ€™ve got obsessed with watching people speed running video games (basically finishing them as fast as possible). I also love to go on actual runs!

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

If I wasnโ€™t an artist I think Iโ€™d like to be psychotherapist. Iโ€™m fascinated by people and their behaviours… Maybe thatโ€™s what Iโ€™ll be doing in 10 years!

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