MR HERO PRINTS
MEET THE KIWI DESIGNER BEHIND HERO PRINTS
NZ Performance Car: Hey Ash, welcome to the hot seat. Please begin by introducing yourself to our readers.
Ash: Hey, my name is Ashley Westmoreland. I’m a designer for Hero Prints. I illustrate drift cars mostly, and I also design liveries.
Cars are clearly a big part of your life; do you recall what first got you into the automotive culture?
Ever since I was a little kid, that’s all I can remember — being stoked on cars. My dad has always liked cars — we were forever changing cars when I was young. My grandfather was also really into cars. He had a Ferrari, and he also had a Porsche at one point. So, yeah, it’s always been a part of my life.
When did drawing/ art become a part of that?
Man … it would be the same, really. I can remember my parents showing me pictures of cars I was drawing when I was like, four years old. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Have cars always been the focus of your art?
No, not necessarily. When I was a kid, I was into all the stuff that kids are into — dinosaurs, cartoons, etc. I was really into Sonic the
Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — all those classic 90s cartoons. As I got a bit older, I started to focus more and more on the car side of things. But I used to draw loads of different stuff.