The Art of Matty Taylor – Interview (or part there of)

Recently I sat down with artist Matty Taylor and chatted about his inspirations, current projects, obstacles he faces as an artist and the Melbourne comic scene. Sadly my video editing skills are lacking as is my ability to remove the footage from tape. (Yes, I filmed old school on a tape instead of using a digital camera. Hindsight is marvellous is it not? Please note: I also haven’t edited footage in about 11 years and when I did it wasn’t digital, it was between 2 VCR’s……I digress)

I will post the video once I have managed to figure out a way to do so but in the meantime please read some transcript of the interview and enjoy the behind the scenes photo.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’ve always just drawn monsters. Since I was a little kid. I’ve always drawn creepy monsters and things with many eyes and many heads and many teeth. I like drawing weird stuff.

Horror movies. Comic books. Other artists.

I love Clive Barker. Massive fan of Clive Barker’s art and his literature.  Big fan of the 44 Flood guys from America. One of them is actually ex-pat Australian Ben Templesmith.  Menton3, he is phenomenal.

Guys like those 44 Flood guys are doing awesome stuff for the art and comic book community over there. Pushing the boundaries, which is what I would like to be doing, ideally.

What are you doing to get there {reach your goals}
The Art of Matty Taylor
Drawing heaps. I’m going to do a book this year, I’ve got plenty of ideas for that and some artwork for that done already. It’s going to be kind of a diary format. The effect I am going for is that you’ve picked up the diary of someone who is a bit fucked in the brain.  So it’s going to be scary, going to be lots of creepy stuff and lots of skulls, bit of boob umm yeah, probably a bit of peen as well.

What mediums do you use? 

I use a lot of Sharpies {insert endorsement here} . fineliners – black fineliners. I use lots of inks. Black ink, red ink and I sort of just mix them on the fly. I mix them with water and use them as a wash over texta drawings. I also use a lot of water colour. I also do fine art. Large canvases, acrylic, mixed medium stuff, spray paint, anything I can get my hands on.

What are your biggest challenges and obstacles in reaching your goals? 

I guess the comic scene itself is a big challenge because it’s such a competitive scene. Melbourne’s comic scene at the moment is thriving. It’s massive at the moment.  It’s a great community, there’s heaps of cool people in there. Heaps of lovely people that are willing to help you, but again being the comics industry there’s a lot of comic creators that get a bit downtrodden about how grindy it can be. It’s got to be a labour and love and all this sort of stuff, and it does. It’s art. I think if you’re doing something like comics for the money or success it’s the wrong industry to be in. If you don’t love it, get out really cos there are heaps of other people just as talented as you are that are really loving what they’re doing and will continue doing it even after you lose your momentum. So just dig it. Enjoy it, cos it’s rad!

There are great guys in Melbourne doing awesome things for the comic community and without those guys it wouldn’t be as strong as it is now.

How do you maintain your motivation and get through those flat moments?

I find that my creativity and my productivity with my art depend on my mood, big time. So when I’m happy and feeling great I want to do other stuff besides art. I want to be playing in bands and all my other stuff. When I’m feeling particularly sort of introverted or what-not I internalise it and sort of get this stuff out of my brain. I find a lot of the time I’m at my most artistically productive when I’m in a bit of a slump and then those times when I’m not as creative I’m doing other things so I’m sort of refilling the creativity. I’m reading, listening to different music I wouldn’t normally listen to, doing things I wouldn’t normally do as far as going out, seeing things and going to see exhibits and catching up with people. So there’s always ways to keep energised and invigorated.

Particularly with my artwork because it’s quite dark normally when my mood changes you can see it in the art as well. Very clearly. Which is interesting. It’s an interesting correlation between mood and art.  It’s great therapy. Just meditating with a brush in your hand, or a pen in your hand, it’s an amazing time killer.

What is your background drawing tuneage?

Usually when I’m drawing I listen to some obnoxious electronica or some yucky death metal. It varies depending what I’m drawing. If it’s literally gross shit I’m drawing I’ll listen to gross music but if it’s something I’m investing a bit more mental stuff into I’ll listen to electronica or some other stuff that’s a bit more thought provoking than grindcore. Which I love but again it creates a different sort of vibe.