Wednesday, 18 November 2009

13.1 / One Horse Town / Justin Poulter

What: Illustrator and entrepreneur
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Websites: One Horse Town

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History...
Both my parents are/were designers. At school I was an art nerd and didn’t really pay much attention in other classes except history. I studied graphic design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, majoring in illustration. I started One Horse Town with Simon Berndt, who I met at college at the beginning of this year.

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Work...
I am an illustrator and partner/founder/manager of One Horse Town. I love collecting old toys, frames, photographs and other antique trinkets. I also collect music and DJ occasionally too.

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Learning...
Well, studying taught me a whole lot, but I've always been keen on drawing/painting and have put a lot of time into it through the years. Also, keeping tabs on other designers, illustrators, photographers and art directors has guided me along the way.

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Childhood...
I was quite introverted and anti-social. This has changed since and I'm quite the opposite now. I loved surfing, skateboarding and punk rock. I still do but time evades me.

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Confidence...
I think the positive response to my work from a young age was a great encouragement. The fact that my parents went the creative route was a further encouragement.

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Right now...
We are currently working on posters for Gazelle’s 2010 European tour. We also have some ad jobs on the go.

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Pros and cons...
I like being able to draw all day. I dislike difficult art directors but most of them are not bad at all.

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Places...
I grew up in Simon's Town and Hout Bay, in Cape Town. I think the seaside town lifestyle has had a bit of an effect on me.
Encouragement...
My friends and family are very supportive of what I do.

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Family...
Broken but good. Support from both sides has helped me a lot.
Collections...
Old toys, figurines, music from the 50s, B-grade grade films and vintage pictures.

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Inspiration...
Blogs, books, long walks, certain friends and music.
Favourite things.
My studio, The Cramps, The Kinks, Bukowski, Mirage Magazine, old travel posters and films.

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Websites...
Ffffound.com – there are lots of interesting pictures and I'm a bit obsessed.
Relaxation...
Good friends, good food, good wine, good films and mountain walks.

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Admirable people...
Parra, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Xander Ferreira, Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, David Chou and all the very talented, local illustrators I have been lucky enough to work with.
Plans for the immediate future?
Just to do as much work as possible. The more I work, the more I learn.

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Dream life…
Ideally, I’d be drawing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. A lot of travelling would be nice too. 

Advice...
Know your worth. Keep up to date with current illustrators. And I think the best advice is to draw everyday.

6 comments:

urbanmosadi said...

Good sound advice.

Caitlin said...

Inspiring;-)

lula cat said...

rawesome! (rad + awesome)
good advice to draw everyday.

Michane said...

SUp Justi...
really cool blog :)

seesaw designs said...

awesome.

Guitarangu said...

kwl beans

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