Artist Spotlight – Dave Smith “HATCH”
Another talented artist has arrived in Pigment. We would like to introduce you to Dave Smith aka “Hatch”.
Hatch is the moniker of London-based artist and illustrator Dave Smith. He mixes bold line work with highly detailed patterns and tone to create graphic, eye-catching compositions. Hatch’s work features a variety of characters and iconography dug up from his imagination and discovered in his surroundings.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I’ve been drawing and making stuff my whole life and the creative subjects were really the only ones that excited me at school, so on one level I think it’s something I’ve always known. Also there was that one time I was struck by lightening and was transformed into the illustration-charged super-wizard known as HATCH….
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
I don’t know; my son? Is that a good answer? It’s a really tough question! After some time has passed I typically become dissatisfied with most things I make! (not the kid though!) At the moment my answer would probably be the mural I painted in a friend’s flat a couple of months back. Though I have no doubt i’ll change my mind in a few weeks time…
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
Draw, draw, draw, and draw some more. The only way to improve is to stick at it.
Are there other coloring book artists or illustrators that inspire you?
Sooo many! McBess, Daniel Danger, Gerhard Human, Jeremy Fish, DabsMyla, Jared Muralt, David Shillinglaw, Si Mitchell, Yoskay Yamamoto, Guy Mckinley, Mister Hope (he has a colouring book!) to name but a few….
What do you want people to get out of your designs?
Hopefully to have fun with them! I think there’s a lot of flexibility in the way that the illustrations I made for Pigment can be coloured. I’m stoked to see how people approach them!
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