MICHAEL SAN­DER­SON

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE -

IL­LUS­TRA­TOR

Our ‘Best Win­ter Hair­cut’ (p100) is brought to life, ever-so dash­ingly, courtesy of San­der­son’s il­lus­tra­tions.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU RE­ALISE DRAW­ING COULD BE­COME AN AC­TUAL PRO­FES­SION?

Very young, though I orig­i­nally wanted to be a char­ac­ter de­signer for video games like Fi­nal Fan­tasy.

PRE­SUM­ABLY, THEN, YOU USED TO DOO­DLE A BIT?

All the time, since I was two.

START TO FIN­ISH, HOW LONG DOES A COM­MIS­SION TAKE?

I spend most of my free time col­lect­ing, ref­er­enc­ing and cu­rat­ing images, songs and video – and I’m al­ways look­ing out for things that in­spire me vis­ually, so when it’s time to work I can in­stan­ta­neously throw a con­cept or four to­gether off of all the ma­te­rial I’ve been stor­ing in my head.

WHAT TIPS HAVE YOU GOT FOR PEO­PLE DE­TER­MINED TO MAKE IT IN IL­LUS­TRA­TION?

A cre­ative ca­reer is 20 per cent abil­ity, 40 per cent re­search and 40 per cent be­ing a shark boss.

WHERE DO YOU GET IN­SPI­RA­TION FROM?

Right now I’m look­ing at nightlife cul­ture, Vice, seedy lifestyles, neon and high-tier con­tem­po­rary de­sign and fash­ion. I like that re­la­tion­ship be­tween ex­treme highs and lows.

AND THE MOST OB­SCURE PROJECT YOU’VE IL­LUS­TRATED?

I did a por­trait com­mis­sion for some­one of their cat and Mu­rakami prints.

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