Simply Maverick

by - September 22, 2017


People are going to criticize, that's life but, use it as a chance to improve, and always be inspired by the world"

Hey There B Babes! This blog post is bound to make your Friday an insightful and artistic one! As I was scrolling through the gram, I stumbled upon @Simplymaverick and his illustrations. Since they inspired the inner creative within me, I decided I should interview him about his illustrative talent as part of my Young Creatives category and ask him to give us the insights on being an illustrator and the meaning behind his illustrations.


Since there's been an increase in young creatives, I thought this would be the perfect article to inspire the visual artists', the Up-And-Coming illustration creatives and anyone else looking for inspiration to become a creative. This is how our digital interview went:

I asked him to describe himself in 5 words so that we can get a picture of the kind of guy he is, these are the five words he used to describe himself:

M A V E R I C K
B E N E V O L E N T
C R E A T I V E
P A T I E N C E
O P T I M I S T

I asked him if he's a self-taught illustrator or if he studied to become one, he replied: "I'm Self Taught, so, technically I studied in my room". See?? Creatives can be funny, not all of us are full of cynical or sarcastic comments


I asked him what inspired him and how did he start illustrating, he replied: "I remember I wanted to start my own clothing brand (coming soon in 2018 watch the space) and I needed to design the clothing so, my cousin recommended that I design it on an illustration software. He'd thrown me into the deep end and didn't tell me how to use it so, I started playing around with it, and I got the hang of it and saw that I could do much more with it. I'm a creative person by nature so, my outlet used to be drawing on paper but then I realized that I could take it digital. That's how I started. What inspires me is the world, if you look at what I create, it's so random and all over the place. The person who inspired me to start illustrating was an IG account called somehoodlum , his stuff is SO cool I told myself that I Could do that too, and add my own touch"



I asked him if his illustrations carry a deeper meaning, he replied: "Sure, some things do have a deeper meaning and others nah, but that's up to the viewer and how they interpret it. Some of my earlier stuff was brands on common objects like Nike Bread and an Adidas toothpaste, some people just see it as something cool others see it as the brand controlling what you buy, just because something has a brand name on it doesn't mean it's better. So, it mostly depends on peoples' interpretations"



I asked him how long it takes to create an illustration, he replied: "Depends on how complex I want to make it, the longest I've taken is 5 hours but the simple stuff take 10-15 minutes. If I have to give an average maybe an hour and half"

I asked him how he chooses what to illustrate and he replied: "Usually, something just pops into my head and I go with it, if I see something that peeks my interest, I see how I can make my own version of it"



I asked him if he considers himself a creative and why, he replied: "Yeah I do. I mean everyone is born creative it's just that some use it more than others and I'm lucky to be on the side that does. Why do I think I'm a creative? That's a hard question. I think I view the world differently. When I see an object, I see more than just the object, I can see what else it can be used for. For example, you look at a brick and you just see it as a resource to build a house, but as a kid you used that same brick as a car and made roads with the dirt using the brick. It's all about perspective.

Lastly, I asked him what words of advice he'd give to young/future Illustrators, he replied: "No idea is stupid, just draw whatever comes to mind, you don't need all the latest and expensive software to start(I illegally downloaded mine and I'm going fine). Practice a lot , you'll be shocked at what you can do one day. People going to criticize, that's life but, use it as a chance to improve, and always be inspired by the world"

You can check his work out on Instagram

I truly hope that as creatives of this generation that you were inspired. Drop your thoughts and comments below. 👇👇👇



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