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IL­LUS­TRA­TORS

Mel­bourne-based de­sign­ers Kelly Thomp­son and An­drew Archer launched cre­ative stu­dio UNA in June, but have been col­lab­o­rat­ing since mid-2014. The pair gave us their colour­ful take on the big­gest events of the year for our fea­ture on p176.

DID YOU LIKE WORK­ING ON THIS PROJECT?

We en­joyed it a lot. The great thing about work­ing in this ab­stract style is there is a nice de­gree of free­dom. Your art di­rec­tor Josh was re­ally friendly, too.

NEWS TO US. DO YOU HAVE A PREF­ER­ENCE FOR AB­STRACT OR RE­AL­IS­TIC STYLE IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS?

We en­joy re­al­is­tic things for the pure sat­is­fac­tion of nail­ing some­thing cor­rectly and feel­ing a per­sonal sense of achieve­ment. But over­all, we prob­a­bly lean to­wards the ab­stract be­cause it’s fun to re­ally push our skills and imag­i­na­tions.

ANY WORDS OF WIS­DOM FOR BUD­DING IL­LUS­TRA­TORS?

Be nice to clients and al­ways meet dead­lines, no mat­ter what. Also, li­cence your work, charge ac­cord­ingly and get it on pa­per, don’t just ‘do it for the ex­po­sure’ be­cause it’s rarely worth it.

WHERE DO YOU HEAD FOR IN­SPI­RA­TION?

We talk through ideas in the stu­dio and head to gal­leries on the week­ends. We love Be­hance and Tum­blr, and do the daily so­cial me­dia trawl. We also have a stack of books by our favourite artists that we check out in our down­time.

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