Show and Tell: An Illustrated Interview With Michael Parkin

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In our Show and Tell series we ask some of our favourite artists to answer questions without using any words - instead using their talent for conveying ideas and emotions through their illustrations.

When Michael Parkin first agreed to take part in our illustrated interview series, we were immediately excited. An insanely talented illustrator and one of the most genuinely nice people we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to, Michael creates clever and intricate work that is bursting with personality, charm and humour. How else to describe him? We’ll let Michael tell you himself:

Hello! I am Michael Parkin and I am from a small town called Farnham. I moved to Kingston to study illustration a few years ago and have been living here since. One day I might pluck up the courage to go further in to London, but for now I enjoy being where I am. 

I have been working as a freelance illustrator for the past 2 years and recently signed to Folio illustration agency. I work with an array of mixed media and handmade textures, which are all compiled and coloured digitally - all hail Photoshop! 

When I am not illustrating I play in a band called Olympians and eat far too many chicken goujons. You can see more of my work on my website and/or Instagram and Twitter.

Check out Michael's answers to our questions below:

How do you see yourself? Draw us a self-portrait.

What inspires you to draw?

What do you do in your spare time?

What is something you can’t live without?

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

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