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INTERVIEW WITH ILLUSTRATOR THIERRY PORTER

Who is Thierry Porter? Where are you from and how did you become an illustrator?I’m from a small town in Hertfordshire called Ware, just north of London. I never really knew I wanted to become an illustrator until actually starting a degree in illustration, which was when I really started to enjoy the whole process of it and to understand the impact it can have.

Do you remember the first time you came across illustration? What affect did it have on you? I don’t remember specifically the first time I came across an illustration but throughout university I started to notice it everywhere and was conscious of my interpretation and reception to it.   

What is illustration to you?
Illustration is a way of connecting people through art. 

Can you describe your creative process?
My creative process depends on the type of work I’m making but usually if I’m working on a commission or brief, I’ll pull the idea apart as much as possible before eventually deciding on the strongest concept to move forward with. The more I explore the potential of an idea, usually the better the final outcome will be.

What is your aesthetic like?
I’ve always found it difficult to stick with an aesthetic but a recurring theme would be its simplicity and figurative nature. 

Where do you find inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from reading. It’s a great way to open your mind to new ideas. I also find inspiration by being present, especially in nature. The more awareness I have of where I am, what I’m seeing and hearing, the more space is created to interpret new ideas and feelings.

The recurring theme of your work revolves around the perception of identity. Why did you chose this particular subject to focus on?
I have always been interested in identity as a theme. How having an identity helps us to feel part of an increasingly fragmented society. But also, what would happen if we let go of the things that we attach our identity to, the things that contribute to the person we call “myself”. Underneath that is something we are all connected to.
 
What is your main aspiration in art?
I want my art to carry on inspiring people and if I can connect with more people to create positive energy and change then that’s a great start. 
Author : Tereza Gladisova

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