Instagram: @woodgrain_studio

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

My name is Tom Dilly Littleson, I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I’m an Illustrator & Graphic Designer. I go under the monicker of ‘Woodgrain’, it’s like more of a brand where I create work for other people, where as when I create work under my name its a completely different style and it’s just to satisfy myself.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I have always liked working with texture, so its always in there in some not too overwhelming way. I usually choose bright contrasting colours. I guess its minimalist in a way, even when I do something with a lot going on the actual elements are pretty minimalist.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

The thing that comes most natural to me is pencil on paper yet I prefer to draw on my wacom. I like to paint things though as well, painting a mural is probably the most fun and satisfying thing you can do as an illustrator, I think.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I sit around and think for awhile, sometimes I’ll be strict on my self and pick and sketch something to illustrate and finish it, other times I’ll let it evolve far away from my original idea.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

The work of Evan Hecox, Geoff McFetridge & Mike Mills to name a few have alway been a source of inspiration for me since I discovered them a decade ago. Besides other artists, I get inspiration out of films.

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

It consumes me a lot, I find it hard not to think of ideas and possible projects when I’m doing something else, but always have to take it one step at a time


7. Where did you study?

I studied Furniture Design & Graphic Art in Melbourne

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

In another country still working as a freelancer selling homeware type products made by hand.

9. What about in ten?

I would never think of life that far ahead

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

I think its just about having fun and letting it take me to different avenues, I’ve leaned towards illustration more then ever these days after being more of a graphic designer for the last 10 years, graphic design is stressful, where as illustration is only stressful when I can’t my cheap wacom to draw a straight line.


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


12. Favourite book?

I like books about how the brain works and autobiographies.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Rock, Garage rock, blues rock…all the sub genre’s of rock pretty much.

14. What are your hobbies?

Anything that involves making something, furniture, cooking, being crafty

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

Something to do with movies, cinematographer/director